P9.8M worth of pirated DVDs seized in raid

SEVENTY sacks of pirated DVDs with an estimated worth of P9.8 million were confiscated by the Optical Media Board (OMB) during a raid in Sitio Panagdait, Barangay Mabolo, Cebu City yesterday.

According to Atty. Cyrus Paul Valenzuela, acting executive director of the OMB, they received a complaint from producers of “Achy Breaky Heart” that their film had been pirated nationally and one of the firms responsible was located in Panagdait.

“Achy Breaky Heart” is a romantic comedy that was released last June 29. Many people have already seen a pirated copy of the film, its producers said.

The OMB also went to another firm on Hernan Cortes St. in Mandaue City that was allegedly pirating films, but it was closed.

Inspection

They believed the second firm had been warned about their arrival.

The confiscated pirated DVDs will be shipped to Manila where these will be destroyed.

The OMB also inspected movie houses if these have necessary papers and licenses.

“Piracy is against the law. It is a form of stealing,” Valenzuela said

When asked what will happen to buyers of pirated DVDs if caught, Valenzuela said there are two types of buyers: for personal consumption and for commercial purpose.

They will arrest the latter, he said.

Valenzuela said anyone who buys more than three copies of a pirated DVD film with the same title is presumed to sell these. Keith John A. Solon, USJ-R Intern
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