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This (piracy of Urian screen­ers) is not a new is­sue,” film­maker Gu­tier­rez Man­gansakan II wrote on Face­book on July 6.

“Film­mak­ers talk about it dur­ing gath­er­ings … But [no one] has pub­licly com­plained un­til [Jun] Lana,” be­cause they are afraid, ac­cord­ing to Man­gansakan.

Lana ear­lier posted on Twit­ter his dis­may over boot­leg copies of his movies, “Mga Kuwen­tong Bar­bero” and “Anino sa Likod ng Buwan,” that had os­ten­si­bly been made with Urian screen­ers.

Man­gansakan fur­ther re­vealed that his 2010 film “Lim­bunan” was like­wise pi­rated with the use of an Urian screener.

As a com­mon prac­tice in the in­dus­try, pro­duc­ers sub­mit screen­ers of their movies for the eval­u­a­tion of dif­fer­ent award­giv­ing bod­ies like the Ma­nunuri ng Pe­liku­lang Pilipino (MPP)— the crit­ics’ group that hands out the Urian Awards.

The MPP, in re­sponse to Lana’s com­plaint re­gard­ing his pi­rated movies, ex­plained its side in a state­ment dated July 3.

It said: “If a film with

an Urian wa­ter­mark has in­deed been cir­cu­lat­ing with­out the per­mis­sion of the pro­duc­ers, the MPP is sur­prised and sad­dened by this turn of events and will def­i­nitely in­ves­ti­gate (as it has al­ready be­gun to) how the al­leged screener might have been copied.”

The MPP noted that “in this digital age of quick and easy me­chan­i­cal re­pro­duc­tion, copies of any­thing could be made by any­one at any point in the process of trans­mis­sion.”

The Ma­nunuri like­wise ex­horted “con­cerned par­ties to first en­gage in di­a­logue with the MPPin good faith to ad­dress any con­cern re­gard­ing the pro­tec­tion of their work. The MPP as­sures all au­thors that such an ini­tial step prior to any pub­lic dis­cus­sion or state­ments will be of mu­tual ben­e­fit to all con­cerned.”

It fur­ther em­pha­sized that it “re­spects and val­ues the in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty rights of any cre­ative au­thor” and that it has been sup­port­ing “Filipino film­mak­ers and their out­stand­ing works through its ci­ta­tions, nom­i­na­tions and an­nual awards” since 1977.

In the same vein, the crit­ics’ group re­it­er­ated that it also “rec­og­nizes the in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty rights of these film­mak­ers over their films and con­demns the in­fringe­ment of those rights through piracy.”

To cap it off, the Ma­nunuri of­fi­cers and mem­bers pointed out that they “heed the plea for all award-giving bod­ies to be ex­tra care­ful with the screen­ers en­trusted to them,” as­sert­ing that, “then as now,” they “will never par­tic­i­pate in the unau­tho­rized re­pro­duc­tion, up­load­ing, and pub­lic view­ing of these films be­cause piracy vi­o­lates the very ideals for which MPP was es­tab­lished.”

Sought for his re­ac­tion to the state­ment, Lana told the In­quirer: “It’s good that the MPP is tak­ing ac­tion. I hope that from hereon, the nec­es­sary steps will be im­ple­mented to help se­cure the in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty rights of all film­mak­ers.”

Lana’s pi­rated film, “Bar­bero” was nom­i­nated in 11 cat­e­gories in the 2015 Urian, while his other pi­rated film “Anino” won best ac­tress for LJ Reyes in the same tilt a year later.

“While we ap­pre­ci­ate the ef­forts of an award-giving body like the Urian to rec­og­nize and pro­mote ex­cel­lence in Philip­pine cin­ema, they should be aware that screen­ers are vul­ner­a­ble to piracy,” Lana ear­lier said in an In­quirer in­ter­view. “This is a wake-up call not just for the Urian, but for all award­giv­ing bod­ies …”

 ??  ?? Screen shot from a pi­rated copy of “Mga Kuwen­tong Bar­bero” posted on Twit­ter by a ne­ti­zen
Screen shot from a pi­rated copy of “Mga Kuwen­tong Bar­bero” posted on Twit­ter by a ne­ti­zen
 ??  ?? Gu­tier­rez Man­gansakan II
Gu­tier­rez Man­gansakan II
 ??  ?? Jun Robles Lana
Jun Robles Lana

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