OMB files complaints vs. alleged online ‘pirates’ of MMFF 2020 films

The Optical Media Board filed criminal complaints before the Department of Justice against 15 suspects allegedly involved in the online piracy of 2020 Metro Manila Film Fest movies.

OMB Chief Legal Counsel Attorney Cyrus Valenzuela said, “The pieces of evidence that we gathered against them [were their social media posts and videos where they actually offered the movies for sale.]”

Valenzuela added, “[The names of the movies were written in their posts, even the amount they were charging. They even gave instructions how to download and pay, with online modes of payment.] This is a test case. We are hoping they will be indicted for this.”

From the original 250-peso price for watching a movie, the fee charged for the pirated films range from 10 to 20 pesos per film.

The OMB said it has discovered 49 websites offering pirated films but this number may still go up. Upstream.ph is the only website licensed to show MMFF 2020 entries.

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