CASBAA, Philippine organizations train to combat pay-TV piracy

09 Oct 2006

The Philippine Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has partnered with industry groups Philippine Cable TV Association (PCTA) and the Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia (CASBAA) to train law enforcement officials to combat pay-TV piracy, under the second part of its Intellectual Property Rights Protection Training Program (I-PROTECT).

The I-PROTECT program aims to broaden the competency of government officials processing intellectual property rights legal cases. With piracy holding back the development of the cable and satellite TV industry in the Philippines to just 8% of all TV households, the IPO is bolstering its efforts to curb the problem.

"I-PROTECT helps ensure that our laws are properly and fairly enforced by systematically and continuously upgrading the knowledge and skills of those responsible for implementing these laws," IPO director general Adrian Cristobal Jr. said.

"It is important that we are aware of the social and economic impact of the cable and satellite industry in our society and its contribution to national development so that our campaign against piracy makes sense," he added.

This pay-TV-focused I-PROTECT training follows an education project staged by the IPO, the PCTA and CASBAA in July, shortly after the signing of a memorandum of agreement between the IPO and the National Telecommunications Commission.

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