Illegal camcording rampant


    Illegal video and  audio recording as a form of  piracy remains prevalent in the Philippines.

    The inter-agency National Committee on Intellectual Property Rights (NCIPR) in a meeting last August 28 agreed to intensify efforts against intellectual property rights (IPR) violations such as illegal or unauthorized recording of movies and soundtracks in cinemas.

    NCIPR agreed to facilitate the deputization of more NCIPR member-agencies and relevant private stakeholders to allow for a wider area of coverage in the implementation of Republic Act 10088 or the Anti-Camcording Act of 2010.

    The law authorizes members of the Philippine National Police  and the National Bureau of Investigation  to deputize, for a definite period, other government agencies or representatives of concerned industries to assist in the enforcement functions provided by the law.

    Teodoro Pascua, deputy director-general of the Intellectual Office of the Philippines, urged local movie house owners and film industry players to invest in  technologies to deter camcording. These include technologies employed in cinemas abroad which are  able to detect camera lenses—whether of cellphones or of standalone camcorders—in the dark.