Jun 13
REVENUES LOST TO FILM PIRACY ARE STAGGERING by fapweb  |  Posted in Articles  |  on Fri, Jun 13, 2008

Without film piracy, the film industry in the country can generate theater ticket sales of some P7 billion annually nationwide. But for the last two years when film piracy became sophisticated and widespread, the revenues from theater ticket sales of local as well as foreign films could only approximate P4.5 billion annually.

This disturbing statistics is the main reason for the holding of the anti-flicker piracy seminar being sponsored by the Motion Picture Anti-Film Piracy Council which will be attended by some 200 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.

Ric Camaligan, Anti-Film Piracy Council president, said that the main objective of the seminar is to lay down an effective network of coordination between the producers, theater owners and the Council, on one hand, and the department of Justice, specially the National Bureau of Investigation, on the other.

Camaligan explained that if this arrest-to-prosecute system is set in place, film piracy is expected to diminish and this will mean that local and foreign films will increase their theater revenues.

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.

Camaligan, who is also senior vice-president for entertainment of SM Philippines, 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.

Camaligan 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.

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