Dr. Fernan Dizon

Dr. Fernan Dizon

Chief of the Copyright Services Division of the Bureau of Copyright and Other Related Rights, IPOPHL

DR. FERNAN R. DIZON is currently the Chief of the Copyright Services Division of the Bureau of Copyright and Other Related Rights, Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines. He was previously the Chief of the Knowledge Management Division of the Development Information Staff, National Economic and Development Authority, Head of the Library System of the San Sebastian College Recolletos-Manila, and the Executive Managing Director of the Knowledge Resource Center of the Asian Institute of Management (AIM). He also held various positions at the Rizal Library, Ateneo de Manila University for almost fifteen years, as librarian, section head, and as assistant director. He earned his Bachelor in Secondary Education from the University of Santo Tomas, Manila, and his Master in Library and Information Science (MLIS), as well as his Doctor of Philosophy in Education, from the University of the Philippines, Diliman.

All Sessions by Dr. Fernan Dizon

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

New Frontiers: Copyright and Artificial Intelligence (AI)


ARTIFICIAL intelligence (AI) is being applied in the most unprecedented ways in the creative industry. Years ago, no one would have thought that AI would be used to create music, movie scripts, novels, and news articles with limited or no human involvement. This challenges current copyright frameworks deeply rooted in human creativity.

This discussion highlights and explores a few of the copyright issues arising from the use of AI in the creative process.

Moderator: Dr.Fernan Dizon [ai]

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

How Do You Keep The Music Playing and the Film Rolling: A Discussion on Performers’ Rights


Performers are vehicles of expression. They are the conduits through which the creations of music, film, theater, dance, and other performing arts reach the masses. They bridge the divide between the artist and the audience. They are indispensable in bringing to life the artist’s vision, for they are artists themselves. Without performers to sing and play it, a song would merely be words and notes on a piece of paper. Without performers to act out the parts, a script would never make the jump to the silver screen.

This session takes a look at performers” rights from both the global and local perspective. Such discussion is especially relevant in light of the recent accession of the Philippines– on April 28, 2021 – to the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances (BTAP). On the other hand, BTAP came into force in 2020, at the start of the ongoing pandemic, completing the international instrument governing performer’s rights.

MODERATOR: Dr. Fernan Dizon [perf-rights]

Official Launching of the IPOPHL-BCRR Publications

Short discussion on the information products that have been launched by IPOPHL-BCRR in the past two years. [bcrr-pubs]