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Manalili raid. A team from the Optical Media Board hauls pirated optical discs and rewritable discs from the second floor of Cebu HDM Marketing on Manalili St. in Cebu City. (Sun.Star Photo/Alex Badayos)

Pirated DVDs, CDs worth P36M seized downtown | The Sun Star Cebu (via Razel V. Cuizon) 

SOME 259 sacks of pirated CDs and DVDs worth P36 million were confiscated yesterday by a team from the Optical Media Board (OMB) from an appliance store on Manalili St. in Cebu City.

Agent Joseph Arnaldo, team leader of OMB, yesterday said that Cebu HDM Marketing was placed under surveillance for three months, after they received reports that the store was selling pirated optical discs and re-writable discs.


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P30M pirated DVDs nasakmit | The Freeman Banat News (via Rowena D. Capistrano)

CEBU, Philippines - Gibanabanang P30 milyones nga kantidad sa mga pirated CD ug blank discs ang gisakmit sa mga sakop sa Optical Media Board gikan sa usa ka tindahan nga naa nahimutang sa dalan Manalili ning Dakbayan sa Sugbo.

Matud pa ni OMB Agent Manny Mangubat, pangulo sa Enforcement  Investigation Division  dul-an sa tulo ka bulan nilang gipahigayon ang surveillance sa maong lugar.


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OMB raid nets P77 M worth of Pirated DVDs | Sun Star Cagayan de Oro (via Alwen Saliring)


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P77-M PIRATED VCD UG DVD NAKUMPISKA SA OMB | Brigada (via JMB / Claudine Lusac)


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We have received reports that there is a person pretending to be OMB Chairman Atty. Anselmo B. Adriano, using mobile number 0916-243-0564 and presumably for fraudulent purposes.

Please report to the Public Information & Communications Unit (410-2488) any incident of such a call/text message from the said number.

For security purposes, may we also direct you to verify official communications first at the given number above before transacting or communicating with anyone purporting to be representatives of the OMB.

Optical Media Board


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Last March 2016, the Philippines was ranked 9th on the list of hotspot countries for internet piracy by Contra Piracy, a worldwide association for intellectual property protection based in Switzerland.  The organization specializes in enforcing intellectual property law and thereby protect copyrighted products against illegal distribution and commercialization on the internet. [1]  Contra Piracy further monitors the web and run bases of websites where internet users have illegal access to copyright content.[2]


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For this period, OMB Agents conducted inspection in various area of Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Calabarzon/Southern Tagalog, and Western Visayas, where illegal compact discs are openly sold to the public.

One hundred ninety-seven stalls/establishments were inspected, and said operations led to the seizure of five hundred eighty six (586) sacks of pirated CDs/DVDs of different and titles, amounting to an estimated value of PhP82.04Million.


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For this period, OMB Agents conducted routine inspection in the cities of Quezon, Mandaluyong, Makati, Manila and in the province of Cavite, where illegal compact discs were reportedly being openly sold in the public.

During operation in the above-mentioned areas, 30 business establishments/stalls were inspected which led to the seizure of around 393,819 pieces pirated CDs/DVDs of different format and titles, 40 boxes  blank CDs/DVDs plastic casings, amounting to an estimated value of Php 12.37-Million.


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Press Release:

In July 2016, OMB Agents were able to inspect a total of 174 business stall/establishments in Metro Manila and selected provinces in Region 1, 3, 4-A, 7, and 12.

Said operations led to the seizure of around 164,000 pieces pirated CDs/DVDs of different format and titles amounting to an estimated value of PhP57.4-Million.

Additionally, 618 boxes of blank CDs, 2 boxes of plastic CD casing, 3 boxes & 293 pieces of assorted movies, 2 DVD tower burners, 24 DVD players, and 1 portable printer worth PhP1-Million or more were confiscated.


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