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The video sector supports legislation aimed at reducing online piracy.

To eliminate online piracy and modernize the nation’s intellectual property (IP) code, the Asia Video Industry Association (AVIA) and its members advocate for the change.

Globe Telecom Inc. (Globe) and its entertainment division KROMA, both members of AVIA, said in a statement on Monday that the proposed House Bill No. 0799 would increase the authority of regulators to combat online piracy through permanent blocking orders, takedown orders, cease-and-desist orders, or orders to disable access.

Because of a flaw in the IP code’s definition of pirated goods that excludes electronic or online content, internet piracy has flourished. The code is also missing a clause that would permit the efficient and effective blocking of pirate websites, which hinders enforcement, according to Globe-KROMA.

According to the report, the importance of IP rights would “increase employment, encourage research and innovation, and enhance the digital economy,” helping the Marcos administration carry out its eight-point program.

At the Digital Piracy Summit hosted by the Coalition Against Piracy on September 2, Albay 2nd District Representative Joey Salceda discussed the pressing need to update the IP code and how doing so will enable the nation to become “one of the largest exporters of creative goods in developing economies.”

Salceda claimed that the absence of IP protection had become a “block to economic progress” since the present IP statute, which was put into place in 1997, could not foresee the digital space’s ubiquity.

He pointed out that, at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, the Metro Manila Film Festival generated an estimated gross revenue of PHP30 million through digital platforms, a significant decrease from the PHP1.06 billion and PHP955 million generated through cinemas in 2018 and 2019, respectively.

Salceda introduced HB 0799, also known as “An Act Establishing the Revised Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines,” in July.

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