• Philippines may land anew in piracy list

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    THE International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) and other antipiracy group have asked the reinstatement of the Philippines in the US government’s list of notorious markets, because of its continuous sale of fake products in a number of shopping establishments.

    US-based lobby groups IIPA and the Business Software Alliance said that “software piracy is by far the largest form of copyright piracy in dollar terms,” and that there has been little improvement in these specific areas since its last report.

    Only last year, Manila was removed from the list of notorious markets. But now, the BSA said that pirated software can still be bought at locations like Quiapo, Binondo, Baclaran and malls in Divisoria, including Juan Luna Plaza and the New Divisoria Mall.

    In its 9th annual BSA and IDC Global Software Piracy Study released last year, the commercial value of illegally installed software was at $63 billion in 2011.

    BSA, a nonprofit trade association aimed at advancing the goals of the software industry and hardware partners, counts among its members firms like Adobe, Apple, Autodesk, AVG, Dell, IBM, Intel, McAfee, Microsoft, Oracle, Siemens and Symantec.

    In a separate submission dated October 25, the list of those that continue to retail pirated software include: Makati Cinema Square; Metrowalk and 168 Mall in Divisoria.

    “While Manila’s Quiapo district was removed from US Trade Representative’s notorious markets list in 2012, recent raids [including a major raid in August 2013]revealed hundreds of thousands of pirate discs, including pirate and counterfeit software,” Washington, DC-based IIPA said.

    IIPA groups more than 3,200 US firms belonging to seven industry associations namely: the Association of American Publishers; BSA; Entertainment Software Association; Independent Film and Television Alliance; Motion Picture Association of America; National Music Publishers’ Association; and Recording Industry Association of America.

    The USTR conducts an annual out-of-cycle review of so-called notorious piracy markets besides its yearly Special 301 Report, which assesses IPR protection in US trading partners.

    The 2013 Special 301 Report on IPR released last May retained the Philippines on the watch list primarily due to rising piracy on the Internet.

    The USTR in December 2012 removed Quiapo from its list of piracy hot spots, as “the Philippine government has taken significant enforcement actions that have reduced the number of counterfeit and pirated goods available for sale” in the area.

    THE TIMES

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