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MMFF to file charges vs movie pirates — 5.1.2021

The Metro Manila Film Festival logo. Image: Facebook/Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) Official

MANILA, Philippines — The Metro Manila Film Festival committee will file on Tuesday criminal charges against 54 individuals caught illegally streaming, downloading, and distributing film entries of the ongoing film festival.

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Tuesday said violations of Republic Act No. 8293 or the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines and RA 9239 or Optical Media Act of 2003 shall be filed against four persons who were taken into custody by agents of Optical Media Board in separate operations in Manila City and Quezon City.

Same charges shall be filed at the Department of Justice (DOJ) against 49 persons behind social media accounts for illegally streaming, downloading and commercially distributing MMFF movies online.

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