Aug 09

The Motion Picture Anti-Film Piracy Council reported the filing of three cases involving the video-taping of first-run films being exhibited in theaters in Quezon City, Mandaluyong and Muntinlupa.

All cases involved violations of Republic Act 9239 or the Optical Media Act of 2003.

The first case was filed before the city prosecutor of Mandaluyong by the Market Place Shopping Mall on Gen. Kalentong St., Mandaluyong, against Jose Aldrin Socias y Verona, 37, of 2969 A. Bautista st., Punta, Sta. Ana, Manila

The facts of the case stated that at about 11:40 a.m. last June 19, the suspect was seen by Jimmy M. Bonita, advertising executive of the shopping mall, and projectionist Jay Go in the act of recording the film Fantastic 4 with his cellular phone inside Cinema II of the shopping mall.

The two cinema employes sought the assistance of security officer Rogelio H. Gaite who arrested the suspect and confiscated a Nokia cellular phone he was allegedly using.

The second case was filed by Solar Entertainment Corporation, represented by Daniel L. Delpozo, before the office of the city prosecutor of Muntinlupa City last June 29 and identified the suspect as Jay Pedro Turin y Padayao, 29, of Blk. 2 Lot 4, Pelayo Village, Talon, Las Piñas City.

Facts of the case stated that production checkers Delpozo and Dennis B. Sadia first saw the suspect while the latter was video-taping the film Transformers using a Toshiba Vodaphone cellphone at around 6:10 p.m. inside Cinema 4 of Metropolis Shopping Mall in Alabang last June 28.

Rudy G. Dimson, a monitoring inspector of the Metropolis Cinema Complex, subsequently apprehended the suspect.

The third case was filed before the office of the city prosecutor of Q.C. on July 6 by Uniprom, Inc. represented by Rodrigo V. de Leon, of Aurora Tower, Araneta Center, Q.C., against Reynaldo de los Reyes y Ligayo, of 5 Agusan st., Sta. Mesa Heights, Q.C.

The facts of the case stated that at about 8:15 p.m. on June 27 at Gateway Mall Cinemaplex, Araneta Center in Cubao, Archimedes Tuazon, an inspector of ICT Security and Investigation Agency, was patrolling inside Cinema 5 when he caught the suspect taking a video-recording of the film Transformers.

Mr. Ric Camaligan, president of the Anti-Film Piracy Council, said that the series of cases was a result of the council’s intensified campaign against film piracy by utilizing the theater security manpower as well as other employes to prevent illegal taping of films being exhibited in their cinemas.

Camaligan said that this became possible with the close coordination of theaters owners and the anti-film piracy council.

The anti-piracy campaign was further bolstered by the assurance of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo that the government will extend financial assistance to the present crackdown.

Secretary Cerge Remonde of the Presidential Management Staff, in a meeting with council officials, announced that they have also ordered and advised law enforcement agencies to provide manpower support to the council, the local film industry and the theaters’ association.