OMB, City Hall law enforcers seize P7M worth of ‘hot’ DVDs PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 13:55

Agents of the Optical Media Board backed by city ordinance enforcers of the City Administrator’s Office and the police on Monday swooped down in the city proper and confiscated some P7 million worth of pirated DVDs and other related paraphernalia mostly from sidewalk vendors.

Led by Atty. Cyrus Valenzuela of the country’s anti-piracy group, the surprise operation netted close to 20,000 pieces of DVDs, 9 television monitors, 9 speakers, 17 audio and video players and one central processing unit (CPU) used in the reproduction of pirated discs.

Immediately after the operation, Atty. Valenzuela turned over the confiscated items to Mayor Celso Lobregat at City Hall grounds for temporary storage. As in the previous campaign, the items, which also included some marketing paraphernalia for sale, will be shredded and destroyed publicly in the coming days.

Of the 17 confiscated audio/video players, 4 were videoke units with a disc of 100,000 songs. Although the videoke disc may not be pirated, still the items
were not within the line of business as declared in the franchise of the erring establishment.

Assistant City Administrator Elmer Apolinario also noted that some of the establishments were the same violators raided in last month’s operation that netted more than 400,000 pieces of pirated DVDs with an estimated market value of P30 million.

As this developed, Mayor Lobregat commended the OMB agents, the city ordinance enforcers and the police for the latest success in the government’s campaign against piracy even as he also pushed for the revocation of the business permits of the erring establishments for violation of Republic Act 9239, otherwise known as the Optical Media Act of 2003. — Richard Aliangan