THE Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) said it has entered into an anti-piracy partnership with Japan’s Content Overseas Distribution Association (CODA).  

IPOPHL said the memorandum of understanding with CODA, signed on Jan. 25, will seek to protect the copyrighted Philippine and Japanese content in their respective jurisdictions via information exchange, research, online monitoring, and site blocking to improve enforcement efforts in the Philippines and Japan.

IPOPHL Director General Rowel S. Barba said cross-border collaboration is important amid increased digitalization and globalization.  

“Cross-border collaboration can help keep the wheels of creativity moving forward and help open greater international opportunities to the Philippine creative industry, which suffered massive job losses in this pandemic,” Mr. Barba said.

IPOPHL said that its Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Office recorded 31 piracy complaints and reports in 2020.   

“This MoU will be a game-changer in our fight against piracy, a matter we must urgently address amid heightened intellectual property violations during the pandemic,” Mr. Barba said.

CODA promotes the international distribution of Japanese music, film, animation, TV programs and video games. — Revin Mikhael D. Ochave