P46-M worth pirated DVDs destroyed

By JM Agreda

Sunday, April 22, 2012

THE Optical Media Board (OBM) disposed some 300 sacks of pirated DVDs in front of City Hall Friday.

With help from the Baguio City Police Office and the National Bureau of Investigation-Cordillera, OMB operatives scoured Maharlika Center, Baguio Public Market and Session Road for pirated products Thursday enforcing the agency’s mandate to confiscate pirated optical media.

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Aside from foreign and local movies, operatives of the OMB also confiscated several copies of pornographic materials sold at the Baguio City Public Market.

OBM Chairman Ronnie Ricketts in an interview said their operations in the city have been successful because of good coordination between law enforcement agencies and the City Government.

He said Mayor Mauricio Domogan coordinated with the DVD traders by scheduling a dialogue next week to discuss other legitimate forms of livelihood.

Ricketts said billions of pesos are lost to the local and foreign movie and music industry due to piracy.

He said it has become even more difficult for the OMB to stop the production of pirated discs as multimillion syndicates are already producing it in the country through duplicators compared to previous years when these are still produced in neighboring countries.

He said with their coordination with law enforcement agencies, they are locating these small-time and big time duplicators, as well as retailers who have not been swayed from selling pirated discs despite penalties and regular confiscation set by the OMB.

“Imagine the artists, producers and thousands of workers employed in the movie and music industry losing their jobs due to piracy,” he said.

In a ceremonial disposal of pirated products Friday, Domogan led the destruction of confiscated pirated discs together with Ricketts using a mechanized roller.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on April 23, 2012.

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