Philippines Nears Passage of Optical Media Bill

Law360, New York (December 13, 2003, 12:00 AM EST) -- The Philippines is expected to soon pass the Optical Media Bill, which would criminalize digital piracy, opposition Senator Tessie Aquina Oreta told the Manila Bulletin Friday.

Oreta sponsored the anti-piracy bill as chairperson of the Senate committee on public information and mass media.

A single version of the bill was passed by the bicameral conference committee last Tuesday and will soon be calendared for ratification in both houses of the Congress, she said.

The proposed Optical Media Act seeks to regulate the manufacturing, mastering, replication, importation...
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