Friday, May 24, 2019

P4-M pirated materials seized

AT LEAST P4 million worth of pirated CDs and DVDs in an establishment along lower Session Road was confiscated by the Optical Media Board (OMB) in the city.

Joint operatives of the OMB and the Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) Station 7 confiscated 30 sacks of pirated CDs and DVDs during the operation.

No arrests were made during the raid while the confiscated material evidences are now with the OMB.

The OMB is set to intensify its anti-piracy drive in the region following the establishment of a satellite office located at the one-stop-shop of the Baguio City Hall which is the third in the country after the opening the same offices in Davao and Cebu last July and August.

The OMB has confiscated nearly P2 billion pirated CDs and DVDs, destroying nearly P1.1 billion in 2016 and P550 in 2015.

The OMB formerly known as the Videogram Regulatory Board is a national agency under the Office of the President responsible for regulating the production, use and distribution of recording media in the country.

Under Republic Act 9239, the former Videogram Regulatory Board was renamed and reorganized in response to the increasing popularity of VCD and DVD players in the Philippines during the early 2000s, and consequently the widespread piracy of optical media such as CDs, DVDs and Blu-Ray discs.


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