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Philippine Officials and the MPA Cooperate in Fighting Piracy

Philippine Officials and the MPA Cooperate in Fighting Piracy

Added: Friday, August 13th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
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MPA (Motion Picture Association) has reached an agreement with PNP (the Philippine Federal Police) to cooperate in order to fight film piracy. The other parties that have influenced the agreement were the National Cinema Association and MPAFPC (Motion Picture Anti-Film Piracy Council).


The head of the Philippine Federal Police Jesus Verzosa admitted after signing the agreement that local seizures and searches clearly wouldn’t be enough to fight piracy. He suggested the best solution is to prosecute those liable for piracy operations with stricter penalties. So now the government of the Philippines would have to take care of the wider piracy operations.

The agreement stipulates the power to require more severe anti-piracy legislation. Among those being put into the forefront there’s a new legislation prohibiting camcording. This one is interesting to observe just because it was a precedent in Canada, which was pressured to put it in place about 3 years ago. The strange point was that the law was actually effectively criminalizing something that had already considered technically illegal in the country. Seemed like American copyright industry had never understood this Canadian legislation like it was simply something scribbled on the napkin. Anyway, the arrests of theater pirates attempting to record films onto their cameras were since made under country’s “old” copyright legislation. It’s still unclear if it is the case for the Philippines and whether it would have much effect there.

Although the MPA declared that the Philippines is the worst country for theater piracy, it’s exactly the same you could hear about many other countries. Isn’t China infamous for being the worst, let alone Russia? What about Africa or Canada, who knows for sure?

As for today, penalties established by the anti-piracy law ranges somewhere between $1,000 and $16,000, which might seem reasonable as long as you keep in mind an average income equal to $8 an hour. But that’s not like this over there. The average annual income for a whole family was just $3,000, which makes the penalties of $16,000 for a Filipino equal to 16 million for the average American. Increasing the fines won’t make any difference in money. As for the jail terms, it is already 6 months to 6 years.

August 13th, 2010

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Date:  Friday, August 13th, 2010

Comments (8) (please add your comment »)

posted by Girl (2010-08-14 08:19:03)
Xack avatarMen! You're really good. I'm living here in the Philippines but I never heard this. Anyway, its true that piracy is so rampant here. Peddlers sell pirated cd's (movies, albums, softwares, you name it) just like ordinary toys at the sidewalk. Although the government is doing its work, it has also a reputation for being easily bribed. Good read!

posted by Blocked (2010-08-14 13:58:37)
menahunie avatarWOW so the PNP is gonna try and do raids?
Not gonna work; in PI they will shoot you or stick you.
You see allot of guys carrying a long stick in PI?
It is not only a stick; but a lllooonnnngggg knife as well...
I would really really like to see these motion picture morons go into the muslim areas; they won't com back out again you can count on that..

posted by (2010-08-15 05:52:28)
No avatarall people in the phil. do piracy even songs all are piracy.. streets selling Cheap DVD and CD (1CD album for only 25 pesos equivalent to .50 dollar)
DVD movies $1

posted by (2010-08-15 17:20:19)
mattqld2010 avatarmy fiance is half fillo and she says her its bad over there in all villiages and towns! but i mean people just go too phillipines and bali to buy pirated movies
Actors and directors get paid too make movies in the millions range and then worry about thier fifty cents or whatever cause of a couple of dvd sales. if a movie is good I'll download it then buy it! tis a good filtering process plus i mean who wants to pay fifteen dollars too sit with a bunch of people whom generally roudy and don't respect other patrons
sorry had to have my say lol

posted by (2010-08-16 03:33:43)
No avatari just came back from the philippines and yes you can buy dvds on every street corner same as in bali and thailand but the difference is the country is so poor that the people that are selling them are trying to live and keep their familyies alive from week to week maybe it's about time that the movie companys spend a few of their greedy billions they have and help out these struggling people because if you get rid of the little sellers you can stop the wholesalers.but we know what the movie companys will do nothing because of the greed they have just look around and you can see why piracy is so high in usa a new release is around $15 in australia the same movie is between $25 to $30 dollars so how do they justify that

posted by Blocked (2010-08-16 13:43:12)
menahunie avatarThe other postings are 100 percent correct.
I do not have a problem with what they state.
In PI it is very very poor.
You can really walk down a street and have squalor slums on one side and mansions on the other side of the street.
You can also see very clearly the have's and Have Nots there.
For some one who is selling a "pirated" cd or DVD for yes around $.50 They are just trying to survive in that country.
Hell I even give them twice what they ask. They think I am nuts; but when I tell them I know what they go through they understand I am not some arrogant "Westerner".
Hell I have allot of friends there and they keep trying to marry off a relative of theirs. But I also know all about that target on my back ' American Citizenship.
Allot of people even here on ET talk about crap of the USA; but if the USA is soo bad; why the hell are millions people sneaking in??

posted by (2010-08-16 16:33:55)

posted by (2010-08-18 07:08:15)
ZuKs190E avatarDo not worry about the PNP. Worried about the upper official like the law makers there. Even the official of that Video Board. If they will accept bribe then it's not gonna happen. They only do that on the first time, for show then after that no more. That's the life of the Filipino Official there not all of them but pretty much some of them. I don't blame the people who sell it they're just doing that to survive.

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