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Friday, January 11 2019 - 18:20
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Globe Telecom, CAP back proposed Philippine Online Infringement Act
MANILA, Philippines, Jan. 11, 2019 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

As the Philippines' leading advocate against online piracy through 
#PlayItRight, Globe Telecom, along with international Coalition Against Piracy 
(CAP), expressed its positive support for the proposed bill ordering the 
blocking of websites that illegally distribute copyrighted material like 
videos, music and gaming.

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Ernest Cu, President & CEO of Globe Telecom 
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Philippine Senate President Vicente Sotto III recently filed Senate Bill No. 
2109 or also known as the Philippine Online Infringement Act, which will enable 
the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), through the National Telecommunications 
Commission, to cancel the licenses of internet service providers (ISPs) that 
allow illicit websites to infringe or facilitate infringement of copyright.

Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu, who recently joined the Board of Directors 
of the international group Asia Video Industry Association (AVIA), said that 
this legislation will help put a stop to the growing online piracy that has 
continually impacted original content creators and the Philippine entertainment 
industry.

"The economic and social impact of online piracy is profound. Revenue loss are 
in millions and thousands of jobs are affected due to a myriad of illegal 
streaming websites and illicit streaming devices or ISDs. More importantly, 
these illegal sites and devices put customers at risk not only because of its 
content but specifically, malware," Cu said.

The Philippines continues to be a haven for cyber criminals who illegally make 
content available online, especially with new technologies like ISDs. It is a 
growing concern in Asia including Singapore and Thailand. A new study 
commissioned by the AVIA showed that 15% of Singaporean consumers use a TV box 
or ISD for free streaming of hundreds of pirated television channels and 
video-on-demand content. More than a quarter of those who own a TV box have 
cancelled their subscription to an online video service. The same goes with 
Thailand where over 45% of its consumers are using these illegal TV boxes.

Cu said the proposed bill is an important first step towards relevant 
legislation thus making it difficult for rogue site operators to act with 
impunity. "Globe will continue to support efforts that will help stop online 
piracy," he added.

"There is no silver bullet to deterring online piracy. What is required is a 
holistic solution to include consumer outreach, cooperation with technology 
platforms and other intermediaries, enforcement, and critically, capability to 
disable access to egregious piracy websites through effective site blocking," 
said Neil Gane, General Manager at AVIA's CAP. "AVIA's Coalition Against Piracy 
welcomes the Philippine Online Infringement Bill, which, if passed, will 
provide an important building block for the Philippine content industry to 
tackle online piracy."

Globe in 2017 launched its award-winning advocacy campaign #PlayItRight to help 
the entertainment industry curb piracy and protect intellectual property 
rights. Since then, the company has blocked nearly 2,500 illegal sites that 
hosted lewd content and child pornography.

Organizations like the CAP, FDCP, and the Optical Media Board, have expressed 
support for #PlayItRight. Globe recently joined the AVIA to strengthen its 
mandate in fighting piracy across Asia through effective enforcement and 
disruption of intermediaries in the piracy chain. 

Visit https://www1.globe.com.ph/play-it-right to learn more about Globe 
Telecom's anti-piracy advocacy campaign.

About Globe Telecom

Globe Telecom is a leading full service telecommunications company in the 
Philippines, serving the needs of consumers and businesses across an entire 
suite of products and services including mobile, fixed, broadband, data 
connections, internet and managed services. Its principals are Ayala 
Corporation and Singtel who are acknowledged industry leaders in the country 
and in the region. For more information, visit www.globe.com.ph. Follow us on 
Twitter: http://twitter.com/talk2Globe and Facebook: http://facebook.com/GlobePH

Globe Press Room: https://www.globe.com.ph/about-us/newsroom.html 

About AVIA

AVIA is the trade association for the video industry and ecosystem in Asia 
Pacific. It serves to make the video industry stronger and healthier through 
promoting the common interests of its members. AVIA leads the fight against 
video piracy, publishes in-depth reports and hosts conferences and seminars 
aimed to support a vibrant video industry.

SOURCE Globe Telecom
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