Cinema workers now using night vision goggles against illegal camcording

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Chairman Ronnie Ricketts and acting executive director Dennis B. Pinlac of the Optical Media Board train security personnel on the use of night vision goggles to spot hidden camcorders in cinemas Chairman Ronnie Ricketts and acting executive director Dennis B. Pinlac of the Optical Media Board train security personnel on the use of night vision goggles to spot hidden camcorders in cinemas[/caption] The move is an attempt preserve the gains of the intellectual property (IP) industry following the recent announcement by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) removing the Philippines from the 2014 Special 301 Watch List, Along with the current range of high priority detection measures, local cinemas are partnering with the Optical Media Board (OMB) to employ NVGs during screening sessions to deter and detect any instance of illegal camcording. Expert teams trained to detect illegal camcording will be fitted with NVGs and stationed in strategic places in theatres, ensuring that anyone who attempts to illegally record a movie will be swiftly detected. ?Our removal from the Special 301 Watch List is a massive achievement for the whole Filipino community. However, we should not be complacent. The OMB is committed to protecting the cinemas and both the local and foreign creative and film industries so the employment of NVGs is another important strategy in our joint efforts to prevent movie theft in cinemas, especially with the upcoming blockbuster season,? OMB chairman Ronnie Ricketts said. Genric Holding Limited, the Motion Picture Association (MPA) representatives in the Philippines, said it continue to deploy overt and covert teams equipped with NVGs across Metro Manila and the surrounding provinces to deter and interdict individuals and criminal syndicates involved in illegal camcording. With a significant increase in the number of surveillance devices in cinemas, Genric said it is confident that illegal camcorders will be identified and apprehended. ?While we have increased security in cinemas, we encourage audiences to keep an eye out for film pirates and illegal camcording activities during movie screenings, and alert security personnel,? said Rolando Duenas, representative of the National Cinema Association of the Philippines. The Anti-Camcording Act of 2010 prohibits unauthorized use of audio-visual recording devices for unauthorized recording of cinematographic films or any audio-visual work to distribute and/or exhibit. Penalties for caught violators shall be charged a fine worth P50,000 to P750, 000 ($1,000-$17,000) and will face imprisonment of a minimum of six months and one day to six years and one day. Along with the employment of NVG teams, Philippine cinema staff and the OMB have undertaken a range of deterrence measures towards combating illegal camcording in cinemas. Cinema staff members are highly trained in how to best identify potential illegal camcorders, report them to the authorities, and ensure that audiences continue to enjoy a legitimate cinema experience. ]]>

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