Netizens agree with Raimund Marasigan's sentiments about politicians misappropriating songs for campaign jingles.
Taking a stand not just for the OPM community but for the music industry as a whole, Pinoy rock icon Raimund Marasigan did not mince his words when he took a swipe at political candidates who use without permission popular songs as jingles for their electoral campaigns.
"Whenever you hear an unauthorized bastardized version of a popular song as an election jingle, please don’t vote [for] that candidate," the Sandwich frontman wrote.
"Di pa na-elect nagnakaw na," he added.
One netizen asked how people would be able to identify whether or not an artist has authorized a political candidate to use a song in his/her campaign jingle.
He then replied: "Here’s a few ways you can find out. You can ask the artist, their management, or the label. Maybe even FILSCAP."
Meanwhile, netizens agreed with Marasigan's sentiments, sharing their thoughts about the use of unauthorized songs in campaign jingles.
While the Filipino Society of Composers, Artists, and Publishers (FILSCAP) has worked on an agreement with Commission on Elections regarding the matter back in 2016, there are still candidates who try to evade it, going against Republic Act 8293 or the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines.