Optical Media Board: "Bawal Kumopya!"


"Bawal Kumopya!" ("Copying is Prohibited!") is OMB's (Optical Media Board) latest imperative in cooperation with the Philippines' Motion Picture Anti-Film Piracy Council' (MPAFPC) against those attempting to copy and sell pirated version of motion pictures and recordings.

OMB's campaign against piracy was felt during the recently concluded 2010 Metro Manila Film Festival led by its current chairman Ronnie Ricketts. Vouching for the effective results of the recent anti-piracy operations is the country's Anti-Piracy Council which stated that the accumulated box-office gross of the film festival's entries reached Php540 million in 14 days.

"This is also a very good example of public-private organizations working together," according to Anti-Film Piracy Council. "Without OMB and Mr. Ricketts' leadership, our goal to protect the industry would not have been possible. We are also glad that the anti-piracy bill has been approved last year, because in the R.A. No. 10088 also known as the Anti-Camcording Act of 2010, even an attempt to record any motion picture or recording is already a crime in itself."

Currently in place is OMB’s information campaign wherein the group makes the rounds in towns and in school campuses.