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Online MMFF 2020 puts in place anti-piracy safeguards

Manila Bulletin — 25.10.2020

The good news is: the annual yuletide tradition of the Metro Manila Film Festival is pushing through as scheduled. The better news is: since it will be mounted fully online, access to and ticket prices for the participating films will be both easier and cheaper for the public. Hmmm, wouldn’t that lead to the bad news of giving film pirates less to worry about in doing their illegal activities? Well, apparently not.

Organizers of the film festival revealed to the Manila Bulletin how concrete steps are being taken to ensure piracy of the participating films will be kept either nil or, at the very least, a bare minimum: “Our online partner, UPSTREAM uses state-of-the-art digital right management used by leading international video streaming services. The encryption technology prevents downloading of the content from the source,” assured Noel Ferrer, MMFF Spokesperson.

Concerns of the online film releases are on heightened alert after Disney’s release of its live-action version of Mulan resulted in its piracy and wide pick-ups in various online sites offering free video streaming.

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