Among those who attended the summit, with the theme “Focusing on Strategies That Work: Integrating Technology and Consumerism,” were representatives of different government agencies, members of the academe, non-profit organizations, and private entities. The summit hosted key persons in the government and private sector who shared their knowledge about the technological advancements that aided piracy to evolve in various industries. Neil Gane from AVIA Coalition Against Piracy and Tarun Sawney from Business Software Alliance were present to talk about the dangers of piracy in the digital space, while Data Security Expert Jay Gomez from ABS-CBN Corporation and Peter Villarosa from Kingston Technology discussed about data protection and hardware piracy, respectively. Intellectual Property practitioner and expert Atty. Ricardo Blancaflor talked about the generational gap in e-commerce in the context of piracy, while Globe Telecom Vice President Jil Go discussed the digital behavior of consumers and how it can be used to fight online piracy, and Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines Deputy Director General Atty. Teodoro Pascua explained the processes and hurdles in enforcing the Intellectual Property Law. Antonio Sayo of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Atty. Paul Santos of the Philippine Retailers Association talked about their insights on consumers and their behavior towards piracy. PLDT Vice President Carlo Ople was also present to discuss digital marketing. During the Summit, OMB launched the #OMBeOriginal Zone Awards as part of the agency’s ongoing anti-piracy campaign. The intent of this program is to formally recognize the outstanding campaigns and/or compliance of institutions and business establishments who support OMB’s #OMBeOriginal and #NgayonNa campaigns. OMB also signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Department of Trade and Industry Regional Operations Group to renew DTI’s accommodation of DTI Negosyo Centers in Cebu and Davao providing workspace for OMB at no cost. Included in the MOA is the Alternative Livelihood Program for displaced vendors who were caught selling pirated products. The 2nd Anti-Media Piracy Summit is the culmination of the month-long celebration of National Anti-Piracy Month. OMB celebrates National Anti-Piracy Month this October pursuant to Proclamation no. 596 signed by President Rodrigo Duterte. This is OMB’s second year of celebrating National Anti-Piracy Month.###
Last Monday, October 28, 2019, the Optical Media Board held the 2nd Anti-Media Piracy Summit at the Winford Manila Hotel, where more than 200 participants were in attendance.