Last Tuesday afternoon, October 21, various fields conglomerated at the “Movie Industry Anti-Film Piracy Convention-Workshop,” with the goal of moving towards putting an end to film piracy in the country.
Among those who attended and opened the event were Star Cinema Booking and Distribution Director Dory Jacila, MPAFPC (Motion Picture Anti-Film Piracy Council) Legal Counsel Atty. Josabeth Alonso, MMDA/MMFF Chairman Hon. Francis N. Tolentino, and CIDG (Criminal Investigation and Detection Group) Director PDIR Benjamin Magalong.
Atty. Alonso, who gave the afternoon’s welcoming remarks, explained the event’s objectives.
“Many Filipinos, it seems, do not understand that piracy is stealing and it is a crime,” she said.
“And so, through the workshop today, we want to make sure that we are on the same page in implementing this law.
“We are hoping that we can make the anti-camcording law a more effective deterrent against movie piracy in order to save this industry.”
According to PDIR Magalong, the Anti-Camcording Act of 2010 was proven highly effective for the first two years of its implementation.
However, from 2012 up until the present, seemingly, the act “took a backseat.”
He then noted that threats to the film industry are currently growing which is why something must be done to counter them.
Throughout the convention, assurances were also made.
It was assured that syndicates of the crime are taken into record including their names, pictures, various techniques used, and even the typical attire in which they dress.
These records are then shared with exhibitors to aid in their security.
Just as Hon. Tolentino stressed, “Stealing is stealing, and is wrong—no matter how you look at it. What film pirates steal is basically copyright and intellectual property that does not belong to them.”
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