The Film Academy of the Philippines will provide inputs in a preliminary study being conducted by the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHIL) on the extent of piracy in six major copyright-based industries such as recording music, software, films, books, visual arts and broadcasting.
This preliminary study is in support of a full-blown survey by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) which will be done in the first quarter of 2012.
The FAP will focus on and provide input in eight out of 18 questions fielded by IPOPHIL. The questions are as follows:
–Are you aware of any study on copyright infringement/piracy in the movie/film industry which may include the following: forms of piracy, rate of piracy and effects of piracy?
–What are the identified legal websites where consumers can download movies?
–Do you think the establishment of different laws such as those previously mentioned caused a decrease in the rate of piracy or was there no impact (meaning the rate of piracy increasesd further)?
–How would you describe the impact of copyright infringement/piracy in the movie/film industry?
–Who are the members affiliated with your group?
–What are the steps being taken by the movie/film industry to curb/ minimize copyright infringement/piracy?
–What are the best practices done by other countries that may be applicable to us?
–What do you suggest the government do to help you combat copyright infringement/piracy?
In a letter addressed to FAP Director-General Leo G. Martinez, dated Nov. 21, 2011, Atty. Ricardo R. Buenaflor, Director-General of IPOPHIL, requested the submission of answers to the questionnaire on or before Dec. 15, 2011.
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