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Group welcomes Creative Industry Act, but urges blocking of pirated websites

An advocacy group advocating for the welfare of citizens has welcomed the coming into force of Republic Act 11904 or the Philippine Creative Industry Act, saying it is a major step towards realizing the full potential of our creative industry, although he warned that the law would only work as envisioned if implemented properly.

“Finally, we have a law that institutes government support for the creative industry,” Atty said. Tim Abejo, co-organizer of CitizenWatch Philippines. “Our artists and creative sector workers have long needed this because of the many factors that undermine their work, make them feel undervalued, even exploited, and limit their potential.”

“In the long term, it will also be good for consumers who will have a greater range of original, quality and local content,” added Abejo.

But the next question, Abejo said, is whether our government would be able to implement the law in order to achieve its goals of building a globally competitive creative industry.

The law defines the creative industry as “trades involving persons, natural or legal, who produce cultural, artistic and innovative goods and services resulting from human creativity, skills and talent, and likely to create wealth and livelihoods through the generation and use of intellectual property”.

RA 11904 directs the government to promote the development and rights granted to the creative industry and Filipino creatives. It establishes the Philippine Creative Industries Development Council (PCIDC), an agency that would be attached to the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

The government said earlier that it envisions the Philippines to be Southeast Asia’s leading creative economy in terms of the size and value of our creative industries, as well as creating strong demand for our creative services and our original content in international markets.

Thus, support for the creative industry also exploits its potential to compete on a global scale.

“The council that will oversee the implementation of the law has been placed under the DTI for a specific reason,” Abejo said.

“He is there to ensure that the creative spirit of Filipinos, in addition to being nurtured, will also result in a level of competitiveness that will allow Filipinos to develop entire industries instead of just being hired here and there by biggest international companies? He asked.

This new law will benefit the creative industries in general and our individual artists and direct and indirect stakeholders in the Philippine creative industry, Abejo added.

“With government support, the possibilities will only be limited by our imaginations.”

Abejo, however, pointed out that passing and even implementing RA 11904 would not be enough to protect creators without the immediate amendment of the Intellectual Property Code to allow online piracy websites to be purged.

“In this sense, we also articulate our plea to our legislators for the speedy passage of Bill 0799 which increases the powers of the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL),” Abejo said.

The bill gives regulators the power to issue “permanent blocking orders, takedown orders, cease and desist orders or disable access, to intermediary service providers, registries and offices domain name registrars, website owners, online intermediaries, online platforms, social media platforms or any other similar media in connection with an online infringement of intellectual property rights.”

“The bill empowers IPOPHL to implement continued site blocking to effectively prosecute online hackers who infringe intellectual property and threaten the viability of the industry,” Abejo said, adding that this method is already adopted by other countries with satisfactory results. .