Globe Tele­com, CAP back pro­posed Philip­pine On­line In­fringe­ment Act

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As a lead­ing ad­vo­cate against on­line piracy through #PlayItRight, Globe Tele­com, along with the in­ter­na­tional Coali­tion Against Piracy (CAP), ex­pressed its pos­i­tive sup­port for the pro­posed bill or­der­ing the block­ing of web­sites that il­le­gally dis­trib­ute copy­righted ma­te­rial like videos, mu­sic and gam­ing.

Se­nate Pres­i­dent Vi­cente Sotto III re­cently filed Se­nate Bill No. 2109 or also known as the Philip­pine On­line In­fringe­ment Act, which will en­able the In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty Of­fice (IPO), through the Na­tional Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion, to can­cel the li­censes of in­ter­net ser­vice providers (ISPs) that al­low il­licit web­sites to in­fringe or fa­cil­i­tate in­fringe­ment of copy­right.

Globe Pres­i­dent and CEO Ernest Cu, who re­cently joined the Board of Di­rec­tors of the in­ter­na­tional group Asia Video In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion (AVIA), said that this leg­is­la­tion will help put a stop to the grow­ing

on­line piracy that has con­tin­u­ally im­pacted orig­i­nal con­tent cre­ators and the Philip­pine en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try.

“The eco­nomic and so­cial im­pact of on­line piracy is pro­found. Rev­enue loss are in mil­lions and thou­sands of jobs are af­fected due to a myr­iad of il­le­gal stream­ing web­sites and il­licit stream­ing de­vices or ISDs. More im­por­tantly, these il­le­gal sites and de­vices put cus­tomers at risk not only be­cause of its con­tent but specif­i­cally, mal­ware,” Cu said.

The Philip­pines con­tin­ues to be a haven for cy­ber crim­i­nals who il­le­gally make con­tent avail­able on­line, es­pe­cially with new tech­nolo­gies like ISDs. It is a grow­ing con­cern in Asia in­clud­ing Sin­ga­pore and Thai­land. A new study com­mis­sioned by the AVIA showed that 15% of Sin­ga­porean con­sumers use a TV box or ISD for free stream­ing of hun­dreds of pi­rated tele­vi­sion chan­nels and video-on-de­mand con­tent. More than a quar­ter of those who own a TV box have can­celled their sub­scrip­tion to an on­line video ser­vice. The same goes with Thai­land where over 45% of its con­sumers are us­ing these il­le­gal TV boxes.

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