Anti-camcording law making headway in PH

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[/caption] Reports indicate that in 2011, only one illegal camcording of a movie produced by Hollywood studios was forensically matched to the Philippines, compared to 20 in 2010 and 22 in 2009. ?This dramatic decrease in illegal camcording is a result of the effective and collaborative implementation and enforcement of the Anti-Camcording Law,? said Ricardo Blancaflor, director-general of the Intellectual Property Office. ?Under the efforts of the Department of Justice, the National Bureau for Investigation, the Philippine National Police, the Intellectual Property Office and the Optical Media Board. We are now able to expeditiously process interdictions and appropriate sanctions for apprehended offenders; thereby sending a strong message that illegal camcording is not tolerated and is a crime punishable with a severe fine and lengthy imprisonment,? Blancaflor said in a statement. Exhibitors and cinema owners have been implementing anti-camcording initiatives in their locations. Measures include covert and overt security, profiling and monitoring known members of camcording syndicates, CCTV, the use of night vision goggles, as well as additional security measures for major releases and throughout the annual Metro Manila Film Festival. Anti-camcording posters and bi-lingual trailers have made the public more aware of requirements of the law and the penalties if apprehended. Some cinemas have translated collaterals in to local dialects for display in provincial cinemas. Working with the government and the cinema owners are the Motion Picture Anti-Film Piracy Council (MPAFPC) and the National Cinema Association of the Philippines (NCAP) — both industry-funded agencies that monitor and report illegal camcording in all exhibition facilities in the country. ?The illegal replication and distribution of audiovisual materials via illegal camcording in our cinemas had almost killed the film industry and negatively impacted the country?s economy in terms of lost revenue and jobs,? said Dominic Du of the MPAFPC. ?The Anti-Camcording Law has helped to revive the film industry and improve the confidence of local and international filmmakers and studios alike. Because of this important piece of legislation, we are very close to eradicating film piracy in the Philippines but more still needs to be done to protect locally-produced movie titles as most of these are camcorded,? Du said. Since the law was passed, there have been 96 indictments on individuals caught using recording devices inside exhibition facilities, while five arrests have taken place. ]]>

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