From January to June this year, the OMB seized 11,941 pieces of storage device, 100,257 pieces of blank discs, and 54,338 pieces of pirated DVDs.
Aside from illegal streaming and illegal reproduction of copyrighted content such as movies and anime, IPOPHL said there has been an increase in intellectual property violations for e-books with the rise of distance learning.
The survey also revealed an alarming trend — many of the people streaming pirated content are young.
The lawsuits allege that the suspects engaged in a multi-state scheme to sell pirated set-top boxes to the unsuspecting public.
The Philippines is no longer in the priority watchlist of European Union (EU) in terms of threat to its intellectual property rights (IPR), a biennial report of the European Commission showed.
More than half of corporations in the Philippines are still using unlicensed software in their business operations, according to the latest BSA Global Software Survey in 2018.
During its recent budget hearing at the Senate, OMB chief Anselmo Adriano said the agency is a storage-based regulatory office and is powerless when it comes to piracy committed over the Internet.
The Optical Media Board said pirated materials have migrated from optical discs to USBs, SD cards, internal, and external storage devices.