Telco and Internet

Creative, Entertainment Figures Urge Senate: Strengthen Intellectual Property Code, Empower Online Site Blocking

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(source: Globe)

The Philippines’ creative, entertainment, and digital industries are urging the Senate to pass amendments to the Intellectual Property Code to enable online site blocking.

This measure aims to combat content piracy, protect intellectual property rights, and support the growth of Filipino talent and creativity.

Actors Ryan Eigenmann, Cai Cortez, and Kiray Celis, host and presenter Pia Guanio-Mago, and writer-director Fifth Solomon unite to combat online piracy. They call for shared responsibility to protect and reward Filipino talents.

Actors John Arcilla and Shaina Magdayao have also called for the Senate to pass amendments to enable online site blocking and stop piracy. Their support follows these calls.

Online piracy harms the creative and entertainment industry, which includes many professionals. The group urges for legislative measures to combat it.

The proposed amendment to the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines aims to allow online site blocking to prevent piracy and protect legitimate content businesses. House Bill No. 7600 was passed by the House of Representatives, but counterpart bills in the Senate have yet to advance. These legislations aim to enhance the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines’s enforcement capabilities against piracy.

“Enabling online site blocking represents a critical step forward in our journey towards creating a safer digital landscape. It’s about empowering our creators and ensuring that they are safeguarded against the unfair practices of online piracy. With this measure, we look forward to a future where Filipino talent is free from the constraints of digital theft,” said Yoly Crisanto, Globe’s Chief Sustainability and Corporate Communications Officer.

To implement a temporary measure for blocking websites while waiting for the amendment bill to be passed, Globe has collaborated with the IPOPHL and four major Internet Service Providers (ISPs). They have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to create a mechanism for blocking pirate sites. This marks the first-ever initiative of its kind in Asia.

To learn more about Globe, visit www.globe.com.ph.

 

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