Faster withdrawals sought for sites with pirated material

The intellectual property office will work with the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to block websites with pirated material faster.

The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL), in a statement Wednesday, said it would partner with NTC to develop streamlined protocols for rapid site blocking.

IPOPHL has asked Congress for the power to issue take down orders for the NTC to immediately block websites, thereby avoiding a review process. The bills on the proposed modifications to the intellectual property code are in the process of being codified by the House of Representatives.

For now, IPOPHL can look into piracy complaints from intellectual property rights holders and ask the CNT to order Internet service providers (ISPs) to take down the websites.

In a meeting with the agency, ISPs said the collaboration between IPOPHL and NTC would prevent the shutdown of law-abiding websites.

IPOPHL’s enforcement officer and director, Ann N. Edillon, said the agency made sure to weigh any evidence of hacking before referring websites to the NTC for blocking.

“The duration of IPOPHL investigations will depend on the merits of the case and the evidence submitted, but we always ensure a prompt and fully validated decision,” she said.

IPOPHL recently partnered with the Asia Video Industry Association (AVIA) to develop site blocking measures for pirated content.

AVIA will provide information on hacking, conduct training on hacking issues and make recommendations for monitoring IPOPHL online hacking and continuous site blocking. IPOPHL will in turn examine hacking issues and act on hacking reports and advice from AVIA. – Jenina P. Ibañez

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