MANILA — The Optical Media Board (OMB) on Tuesday filed complaints with the Department of Justice against 15 individuals engaged in pirating movies participating in Metro Manila Film Festival 2020 and offering them online.
The 15 individuals, who used their real names in offering pirated MMFF movies online, are facing raps for violating RA 9239 or Optical Media Act and RA 8293 or the Intellectual Property Code.
Some offered movies at P10, while one made the movies available free of charge, according to the OMB.
They could face up to 6 years imprisonment for each of the 2 laws. Fines could be imposed in administrative charges that may be filed separately.
Two others were caught in a buy-bust operation on Monday and will undergo inquest in Manila prosecutors’ office, while another was caught in Quezon City and was undergoing inquest, as of writing.
The OMB has so far received they 49 reports of piracy of the MMFF entries.
Optical Media Board files 15 complaints with the Department of Justice against 15 individuals engaged in pirating movies participating in Metro Manila Film Festival 2020 and offering them online. OMB says they have received 49 reports and counting for now. pic.twitter.com/jNOq4MzyxO
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Jovit Moya of streaming platform Upstream, the sole streaming platform of the 2020 MMFF, said they were prompted to file raps because every time movie piracy takes place, the jobs of those in the movie industry are threatened. He added that movies are now more expensive to produce during the pandemic.
Upstream is processing data to come up with figures of how much it lost as a result of pirated MMFF movies, according to Moya.
Film producer Quark Henares, part of Globe Studios which co-produced Best Picture winner “Fan Girl,” said they have been monitoring illegal streams online over the Christmas break, around 10 per hour.
“Sobrang nakakalungkot kasi kadalasan sa mga nag-ii-stream, gusto lang nila ng views and likes… Para cool ka at ikaw kilala,” he said.
Henares cited as an example one pirated stream of “Fan Girl” getting 45,000 views, noting that a movie ticket on Upstream costs P250.
Henares appealed to Filipino viewers to consider the jobs of artists and other movie workers before patronizing pirated movies online. — Report from Mike Navallo, ABS-CBN News
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