The Government—thru the Philippine National Police, the National Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice—and several major local film industry sectors forged a memorandum of agreement for the effective implementation of Republic Act No. 10088 also known as the Anti-Camcording Act of 2009 at the Wack Wack Golf & Country Club in Mandaluyong last Monday, August 9.
The signatories for the local film industry were the Motion Picture Anti-Film Piracy Council, Inc., the National Cinema Association of the Philippines (NCAP), the Motion Pictures of America (MPA), and the Movie Producers and Distributors Association of the Philippines (MPDAP).
The signing of the MOA was the highlight of the one-day seminar-and-open-forum hosted by the Anti-Film Piracy Council.
After the MOA signing, PNP Director General Jesus Verzosa emphasized: With the law in place and the entire industry collaborating to ensure the law is upheld, the PNP is confident that the country will achieve success in its bid to minimize and eventually eradicate film piracy.
Aside from Verzosa, the other signatories included: NBI Director Magtanggol Gatdula, Atty. Claro Arellano of DOJ; Dominic Du of he Anti-Film Piracy Council MPDAP’s Wilson Tieng of Solar Films and Solar TV; NCAPs’ Atty. Rolando Duenas and the MPA’s Michael Robinson. An eighth signatory is OctoArts Films producer Orly Ilacad of the Philippine Motion Picture Producers’ Association (PMPPA) who did not make it to the affair but will affix his signature later.
Optical Media Board Chairman Ronnie Ricketts and movie producers Mother Lily Monteverde and Atty. Joji Alonso also attended the seminar and the MOA signing.
Republic Act No. 10088 was approved by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo last May 13, 2010, Its title is: An Act To Prohibit and Penalize the Unauthorized Use, Possession and/or Control of Audiovisual Recording Devices for the Unauthorized Recording of Cinematographic Films and Other Audiovisual Works and/or their Soundtracks in an Exhibition Facility Providing Penalties Therefor and for Other Purposes.
The senate bill on this matter, Senate Bill No. 3529 (The Anti-Camcording Act of 2009) was filed on Nov. 11, 2009 during the 14th Congress by Senators Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Jinggoy P. Ejercito-Estrada, Mar Roxas and Allan Peter S. Cayetano.
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