AVIA and CAP Support Legislation to Block Pirate Sites in The Philippines

May 23, 2023

Manila, Philippines – In a united effort to combat piracy and protect intellectual property rights, the Asia Video Industry Association (AVIA) and the Coalition Against Piracy (CAP) have joined forces to lend their unwavering support to the proposed legislation seeking to amend the Intellectual Property Code of The Philippines. This legislative amendment aims to empower authorities to block pirate sites within the country.

The prevalence of online piracy has become a growing concern for content creators and distributors, posing a significant threat to the entertainment industry’s growth and sustainability. Recognizing the need for a robust legal framework to address this issue, AVIA and CAP have taken a decisive stance, emphasizing the urgency of passing this legislation.

With their collective expertise and extensive experience in the industry, AVIA and CAP are actively engaging with policymakers and stakeholders, advocating for the swift passage of the proposed amendment. The organizations highlight that the effective blocking of pirate sites is a crucial step towards safeguarding intellectual property rights and fostering a fair and competitive marketplace for legitimate content providers.

Neil Gane, the General Manager of AVIA’s Coalition Against Piracy (CAP), stated, “The proposed amendment to the IP Code is a critical legislative step in the ongoing fight against online piracy. By enabling site blocking, we can disrupt the operations of pirate sites and protect the rights of content creators, ensuring they are fairly compensated for their work.”

AVIA and CAP firmly believe that this legislation will serve as a powerful deterrent to piracy and send a strong message that the Philippines is committed to protecting intellectual property rights. They assert that the ability to block pirate sites will contribute to the growth of the creative economy, encourage innovation, and attract foreign investments.

In addition to advocating for legislative change, AVIA and CAP have been actively collaborating with local industry stakeholders to implement a comprehensive strategy to address online piracy. Their combined efforts aim to raise awareness, educate consumers about the consequences of piracy, and promote legal alternatives for accessing high-quality content.

The proposed amendment to the Intellectual Property Code has garnered support from various industry players, including content creators, producers, and legitimate content platforms. With mounting pressure to address the issue of piracy effectively, it is expected that the legislative process will proceed swiftly, ensuring the protection of intellectual property rights and fostering a vibrant and sustainable creative ecosystem.

As the legislative journey unfolds, AVIA and CAP remain committed to working closely with stakeholders, policymakers, and the public to ensure the passage of this crucial amendment. By joining forces, they aim to create a future where intellectual property is respected, creativity thrives, and the rights of content creators are safeguarded.

About AVIA: The Asia Video Industry Association (AVIA) is a non-profit trade association representing the video industry and ecosystem in Asia. Its members comprise major satellite, cable, and video streaming platforms, content providers, and technology enablers. AVIA is dedicated to protecting and promoting the interests of its members and driving the growth and sustainability of the video industry in Asia. For more information, visit: www.asiavia.org

About CAP: The Coalition Against Piracy (CAP) is a coalition of international and regional content creators and distributors, enforcement agencies, broadcasters, and technology providers committed to protecting the rights of content creators across the Asia-Pacific region. CAP’s mission is to reduce piracy and its associated negative impact on the creative industry. For more information, visit: www.antipiracy.asia

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