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Basic information[edit]

Grant details[edit]

Project details[edit]

Official project name
Freedom of Panorama in the Philippines legal opinion
Project start date (include month, day, and year)
January 1, 2014
Project completion date (include month, day, and year)
June 30, 2015
Please describe the project in 1–2 sentences
Obtain a legal opinion on Freedom of Panorama's availability in Intellectual Property laws in the Philippines in order to guide freely-licensed media content contributors from the Philippines in determining what is legally allowed to be uploaded in Wikimedia Commons.

Financial details[edit]

Currency requested
Philippine Pesos
Amount requested in currency requested
₱ 60,000
Equivalent amount in US$ on the date of this submission
US$ 1,374
List the exchange rate used to calculate the amount listed in US$
₱43.659 = $1.00 (Exchange rate of the Philippine Central Bank as of June 11, 2014)

Contact information[edit]

Primary contact name
Eugene Villar
Primary contact username or email
eugene at wikimedia dot org dot ph
Primary contact title (position within the organization)

If this project will be executed by someone other than the primary contact for your organization, please list that person's details here:

Project lead name
Roel Balingit
Project lead username or email
roel dot balingit at wikimedia dot org dot ph
Project lead title (position), if any

Goals and measures of success[edit]

Project goal[edit]

Please briefly describe what will be accomplished if the project is successful.

Project goal
  • To obtain a legal opinion on "Freedom of Panorama" from Intellectual Property law experts in the Philippines and if needed a ruling from the Philippines' Intellectual Property Office.
  • To communicate with the administrator of Wikimedia Commons about the opinion once obtained to prevent media taken in the Philippines from being deleted/purged.
  • To guide Philippine media content contributors from determining what can be uploaded to Wikimedia Commons, without their media being deleted due to non-compliance.

Measures of success[edit]

Please provide a list of measurable criteria that will be used determine how successful the project is.

Measures of success
This project will be considered successful if we will:
A legal opinion from an IP Law expert/practitioner from the Philippines is acknowledged and recognized by the Wikimedia Commons community by June 30, 2015.

Project scope and activities[edit]

This section describes what will happen if this project is funded. Who will do what, and when?

List of activities
  • The project lead has already spoken to lawyer who will seek a legal opinion on the Philippines' IP law conformity with "Freedom of Panorama" from Atty. Numeriano Rodriguez Jr., law professor, intellectual property law consultant for the USAID, founder of the Intellectual Property Coalition where he serves the general counsel[1].
  • If Atty. Rodriguez finds that Philippine IP laws (which are generally patterned after the United States) allows the "Freedom of Panorama" and if Wikimedia Commons administrators so warrants, his opinion will be brought to the Intellectual Property Office to request a formal ruling regarding the matter.

Budget and resources[edit]

Number Category Item description Unit Number of units Cost per unit Total cost Currency Notes
1 Legal and representation fees 50,000 ($1,145) PHP
2 Incidental expenses 10,000 ($229) PHP


In the sections below, please describe how the project is related to the Wikimedia mission and Wikimedia's strategic priorities.

Fit to strategy[edit]

How will this project support the key organizational objectives of
  • If a positive opinion is obtained, it should pave the way for media about the Philippines to be retained in Wikimedia Commons.
This statement should address at least one of the strategic priorities listed here specifically. See WMF Grants Program criteria for decisionmaking.
  • This will help in furthering the mission of the Wikimedia Foundation "to collect and develop educational content under a free license or in the public domain, and to disseminate it effectively and globally" by clarifying the conformity of Philippine IP laws with the "Freedom of Panorama"


If the project will benefit a specific online community, please tell us.
This project will directly benefit contributions on Wikimedia Commons of images/media taken in the Philippines.