The Motion Picture Anti-Film Piracy Council will hold a one-day seminar on flicker piracy as part of its intensified anti-piracy activities with an expected 100 participants including producers, theater operators and personnel and other stake holders in the film industry.
The seminar-workshop, part of the Council’s activities under its Suportahan ang Industriya ng Pelikula…Sugpuin ang mga Pirata program, will be held at the Kalayaan Hall 3 of Club Filipino in Greenhills Commercial Center, San Juan City, starting at noon on Tuesday, June 17.
Flicker piracy is the system of shooting or copying films being shown in our cinemahouses through camera recording using gadgets from the simple cellphone to more sophisticated recording equipment.
Officials from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority and the Presidential Management Staff, as well as Metropolitan Manila mayors and vice-mayors, have been invited to the seminar.
The MMDA and the PMS have been subsidizing the activities of the Anti-Film Piracy Council for the past several years, including this intensified flicker piracy campaign.
Atty. Jojie Alonso, a local film producer and also counsel of the Anti-Piracy Council, will present a powerpoint discussion or lecture on flicker piracy and will later join a panel for an open forum.
The panel will also include State Prosecutor Genomino Sy of the Department of Justice; Atty. Elfren Meneses, director of the Intellectual Property Rights division of the National Bureau of Investigation; and Director Ruel M. Lasala of the NCR
Intelligence Division of the NBI. Officers of the Anti-Film Piracy Council will also be included in the panel.
Manny Nuqui, Council Vice-Chairman, said that the seminar basically aims to put more teeth into the government’s anti-piracy campaign, specially on flicker piracy.
“The council officers and Atty. Alonso have agreed that the main objective of the seminar is to solicit the firm commitment from the DOJ and the NBI in the arrest and prosecution of flicker pirates,” Nuqui stressed.
City and town mayors and their councils will also be asked and encouraged to come up with appropriate ordinances to enable law enforcers effectively deal with these violators, he added.
Nuqui said that they will still need the government’s active support in this particular campaign.
Dominic Du, Council vice-president for administration, clarified that the seminar will concentrate on camcording or flicker piracy which is described as the illegal shooting or copying of full length films directly from cinema screens during and after exhibition with the use of camera recording equipment or even cellphones.
Du added that filmnapping is the other illegal method of film piracy which involves stealing a whole film print during shipment to and from provincial theatrical exhibitions.