Pilipinas Anti-Piracy Team warns Downloaders
People downloading illegal copies of movies, tv shows, songs and softwares will be the next target by the BSA, according to a recent report from Inquirer.
The PAPT provides consulting services to the Business Software Alliance in the Philippines:
BSA consultant Bienvenido Marquez III said in an interview that end-users should also be liable for piracy, even if downloads are for personal use.
The growing usage and decreasing cost of broadband Internet services in the Philippines are now allowing people to download larger files, such as software and movies, into their hard drives.
It will be hard to trace or track people on P2P networks and torrent sites but I reckon the BSA will follow the same strategy that the RIAA and the MPAA in the United States are doing — picking out a handful and making examples of them.
The report adds that Congressman Rufus Rodriguez and Senator Edgardo Angara have already proposed amendments to the current Intellectual Property Rights Code.
I hope though that those amendments will also include provisions to help individual publishers (bloggers, webmaster, web designers, photographers) from having their online content being ripped off.