November 26—–In its intensified campaign against piracy, the Optical Media Board Enforcement and Investigation Division launched yesterday, November 25, an operation against an establishment based in Biñan, Laguna allegedly selling storage devices without license from OMB.
The subject of the latest offensive initiated by OMB’s Enforcement and Investigation Division (EID) was JDtech Industrial Parts and Services, which was selling Secure Digital (SD) cards, Hard Disk Drive (HDD), and USB Flash Drive without the proper license from OMB. An agent met with Edward, a seller for JDtech, and was informed that his supplier was based in the Manila City Plaza Mall in Quiapo, Manila. EID raided the stall of ENS General Merchandise, the supplier of JDTech, that was located inside the mall. Agents confiscated 300 SD cards, 540 USB Flash drives, 53 HDDs, and five (5) DVD writers with an estimated value of Php 1,836,850.
Pursuant to Section 1 of OMB Memorandum Circular no. 2018-002, all entities, establishments, and individuals engaged in manufacturing, importation and exportation, distribution, sale, rental, and other commercial activities involving storage devices for commercial use must acquire the necessary permit with the Registration and Licensing Division of the OMB.
The owners of the establishment and its supplier are facing possible administrative charges and criminal charges for violations of Republic Act 9239, otherwise known as the Optical Media Act of 2003. If found guilty, owners of JDtech Industrial Parts and Services and ENS General Merchandise will face maximum imprisonment of up to six (6) years and a fine of up to One Million and Five Hundred Thousand Pesos (Php 1,500,000) per violation.#