US group cites PH for clamping down piracy

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In its latest ?Special 301 report?, the International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) commended the Philippine government, particularly the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) and the Optical Media Board for ?taking novel and effective approaches to dealing with piracy in the Philippines and further modernizing protection.? The report noted the following actions in the past two years which all point to the will of the government to tackle piracy:

? removal of piracy from Quiapo and markets located in areas like St. Francis Square (Mandaluyong) and Makati Cinema Square (Makati), ? passage of the anti-camcording law, ? issuance of Supreme Court Rules of Procedure for Intellectual Property Cases, ? establishment of administrative enforcement functions of the IPOPHL (and the availability of injunctive relief), and ? an MOU between Philippine National Police (PNP) and OMB to remove red tape

The group, which has been critical of the Phlippines in the past, said it is counting on the government to address the problem on unlicensed software use by enterprises (enterprise end-user piracy), book piracy (textbook copying and pirate or counterfeit bestsellers), Internet piracy, and emerging challenges such as “media box” and mobile device piracy. ?We are also hopeful that the new Supreme Court rules will lead to more effective judicial enforcement including effective search warrants and deterrent criminal convictions,? the IIPA said. The IIPA is also pushing the Philippines to ?facilitate removal of infringing material or services from the Internet through an effective notice and takedown system and measures to deal effectively with non-hosted infringements.? It also wants to include CD-R burning, mobile device piracy, “media box” piracy, and border enforcement under the OMB’s jurisdiction under the Optical Media Act. The lobby group said the government must also not permit the purchasing of illegal software, and will allow only suppliers of legitimate software to participate in government bidding. The IIPA also suggested that the US and the Philippines conduct a “judge swap” whereby a US judge familiar with copyright cases would swap places with one of the Philippine judges for a period of time (e.g., one year) to have a direct consultancy approach to the workings of the new IP Commercial Courts.]]>

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