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Continuing Success in Anti-Piracy

Continuing Success in Anti-Piracy

The United States Trade Representative has issued its 2015 Special 301 Report, and for the third straight year, the Philippines is still out of the priority and watchlist categories.  This means that our country has been making positive developments in protecting copyrighted or trademarked products as well as in intellectual property rights (IPR) enforcement and that adverse impacts on U.S. products have been lessened.  A cause for celebration as this paves the way for more trade access and revenue for legitimate business sectors.

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Inspection Operations Metro Manila

Inspection Operations Metro Manila

On April 26, 2016, OMB Agents were directed to conduct routine inspections of business stalls at Mandaluyong, Pasig and Marikina, where illegal compact discs abound and openly sold to the public.

Said operations led to the seizure of fifty four (54) sacks of pirated CDs/DVDs of different format and titles, amounting to an estimated value of PhP7.56-Million.

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CD Replicating Facility at Clark Freeport Raided

CD Replicating Facility at Clark Freeport Raided

On April 13, 2016, OMB Agents were directed to inspect Philippines Global Optic Media, Inc., located inside the Clark Freeport, Pampanga.  Subject facility is licensed with the Optical Media Board, however, initial reports indicated that “parallel” CD replication was being done inside their premises (parallel replication is the act of copying illegal compact discs with legitimate copies).

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OMB Inspects Wholesaler of Pirated Optical Media Discs

With the hardline intention of newly appointed OMB Chair Atty. Anselmo B. Adriano to intensify the campaign against pirated optical discs, as well as pursue its illicit sources, OMB Agents on Monday, April 11, 2016 inspected Mei-ah VCD Shop, located at 556 Tomas Mapua Street, Sta. Cruz, Manila.

During the said inspection operation, the VCD Shop was found to be a retailer and imported of optical discs, conducting its business with expired commercial license allegedly under the process of renewal with the Optical Media Board.

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OMB Inspects Printing in Tondo, Manila

Upon the instruction of the new OMB Chairman Atty. Anselmo B. Adriano, an inspection operation was conducted at Olympic Printing Press, Tondo, Manila.

During the service of the inspection order, OMB Agents confirmed initial reports that the said printing press is used as a venue to produce unauthorized movie labels and stickers, which may be used in part to package illegal optical media.

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