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Philippines out of European Union's priority watch list on counterfeiting

Jan 27, 2020 - 12:05 AM

The European Union delists the Philippines, citing 'very few complaints received from stakeholders'

FAKE GOODS. The Bureau of Customs turns over an estimated P58 million worth of fake goods to the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines for destruction at Camp Crame on October 18, 2019. Photo from BOC

Angel Locsin is Optical Media Board's new anti-piracy ambassador

Dec 21, 2019 - 5:02 PM

The actress is the second celebrity to be named anti-piracy ambassador after Piolo Pascual

ANGEL LOCSIN. The actress is named the Optical Media Board's anti-piracy ambassador. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] Why Coast Guard Base Sibutu matters

Sep 05, 2019 - 9:01 AM

This 4.3-hectare base will be equipped with a marine radar, an automatic identification system receiver, and a Coast Watch monitoring system

Illegal Japanese manga site manager arrested in the Philippines

Jul 09, 2019 - 3:43 PM

Romi Hoshino manages 'Manga Mura' (Manga village), which shut down on its own in April last year as Japan launched a manhunt for the website's founder for massive violation of copyright

Managers of popular series websites acquitted of piracy in Spain

Jun 21, 2019 - 9:14 PM

A court in Murcia rules the defendants' 3 websites 'did not contain any kind of audiovisual content, but only published the links that led to other servers where the works were put up'

Orient Cable in Dipolog faces lawsuit for alleged piracy of 'Avengers: Endgame'

Apr 27, 2019 - 11:26 AM

The cable TV provider allegedly aired a pirated copy of the film to its subscribers

ENDGAME. 'Avengers: Endgame,' whose star-studded cast includes Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans, fights the threat of piracy even as it smashes box office records. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios

'Game of Thrones': For HBO, piracy is 'better than an Emmy' as it battles Netflix

Apr 27, 2019 - 8:00 AM

The final season of 'Game of Thrones' emerges at the center of this ferocious competition

(L to R) Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen and Kit Harington as Jon Snow – Photo: Helen Sloan/HBO

PH, Japan coast guards conduct joint drills vs piracy

Nov 25, 2018 - 7:07 PM

The two coast guards stage the drills using 4 patrol ships at the Manila Bay

Google touts progress in fight against piracy

Nov 07, 2018 - 3:30 PM

Google claims progress in the war on piracy, but notes a new battlefront in the form of installable add-ons on legitimate open-source media players such as the Kodi box to illicitly stream copyrighted content

Duterte, Mahathir discuss violent extremism, sea piracy in meeting

Jul 16, 2018 - 5:40 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Malaysia's longest-serving leader Mahathir Mohamad spend a bulk of their meeting discussing security concerns

Judge was 'misled' to get warrant for Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom – lawyer

Feb 12, 2018 - 12:41 PM

More than six years after his arrest, the German national continues to fight extradition to the United States

DOTCOM. This file photo taken on August 29, 2016 shows internet mogul Kim Dotcom attending his extradition appeal at the High Court in Auckland.  File photo by Dave Rowland/AFP

Duterte wants China to secure Sulu, Celebes Seas from pirates

Jan 24, 2018 - 4:27 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte credits China for helping combat piracy in Somalia and hopes the country can do the same thing for the Philippines and Indonesia

The President was given a tour inside the Chinese Vessel Chang Chun where he was able to see the armaments, the deck, the bridge navigation system as well as the operations room command and control system. The Chinese PLAN officers also presented tokens to the President during his tour. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTOS

Turnbull talks security, terrorism, Marawi crisis during PH visit

Nov 15, 2017 - 1:45 PM

During his 3-day Philippine visit for the 31st ASEAN Summit, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull meets with world leaders to discuss global and regional concerns

ASEAN SUMMIT. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull attends the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit as a dialogue partner. Screenshot from ASEAN pool feed

ASEAN officials begin talks to battle terrorism, illegal drugs

Sep 18, 2017 - 7:50 PM

Other crimes such as human trafficking, money laundering, and intellectual property theft are also on the agenda of the officials' meeting in the Philippines

ALL AGAINST CRIME. ASEAN senior officials join hands in a show of solidarity against transnational crime during the preparatory meeting for the 11th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime (AMMTC). ASEAN photo

Online piracy sites blocked in Australia crackdown

Aug 18, 2017 - 5:25 PM

Australia is one of the world s top illegal downloaders of shows such as Game of Thrones

4 arrested in India for leaking 'Game of Thrones' episode

Aug 15, 2017 - 8:36 AM

The 4 arrested are employees of the local distribution company who possessed official credentials giving them access to the episodes local media report

LOOT TRAIN ATTACK. Daenerys Targaryen attacks her enemies on her dragon in the epic battle scene at the end of the latest 'Game of Thrones' episode. Photo by Helen Sloan/ HBO

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Mar 10, 2017 - 10:57 AM

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ABS-CBN files over $8M lawsuit vs website for piracy

Feb 17, 2017 - 1:49 PM

The listed media company says it plans to quadruple its anti piracy efforts this year after it sued numerous pirates in 2016

STEP UP. The Lopez-led broadcast giant says it will step up its anti-piracy enforcement in 2017. Rappler file photo

8 fishermen shot dead off Zamboanga

Jan 10, 2017 - 10:57 AM

4th UPDATE Task Force Zamboanga says the fishing boat with 15 crew members was attacked in the vicinity of Siromon Island in Zamboanga City

8 Indonesians jailed for tanker hijack in Malaysia

Nov 28, 2016 - 2:06 PM

Six of the pirates were sentenced to 15 years in jail and 5 strokes of the cane while the other two were handed 18 year jail sentences

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Nov 07, 2016 - 9:21 PM

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Abu Sayyaf kidnaps German, kills female companion – report

Nov 07, 2016 - 11:31 AM

Reports show the body of the German s female companion was found in Sulu Sunday morning

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Nov 02, 2016 - 12:00 PM

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Duterte going to Malaysia to discuss piracy problem

Nov 01, 2016 - 11:40 PM

President Duterte visits the neighboring country on November 9 and 10 He will discuss with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak how to address the rampant kidnapping and criminality in the Malacca strait

MEDIA CONFERENCE. President Rodrigo Duterte answers media questions after visiting the grave of his parents in Davao City on November 1, 2016. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Hijacked Filipino seafarers return home after nearly 5 years

Oct 27, 2016 - 10:24 PM

UPDATED I am so happy This is what I had been praying for every night: to be with my family this Christmas Arnel Balbero says surrounded by his 4 siblings at the airport

RETURNING HOME. Filipino seafarers, held hostage in Somalia for 5 years, return to the Philippines on Flight EK 332. Photo by Jedwin M Llobrera

Taiwanese hostage freed by Somali pirates ate mice, scorpions

Oct 26, 2016 - 6:40 PM

Every day was nerve wracking with the pirates pointing their AK 47 rifles at me 24 hours a day recounts Shen Jui chang

This photo by Taiwan agency CNA Photo taken on October 26, 2016 shows Shen Jui-chang (C), who was the chief engineer on a fishing boat that was seized south of the Seychelles in March 2012, praying at Hsing Tian Kong temple in Taipei City to give thanks, upon his return back to the island. The Taiwanese seafarer held by Somali pirates for nearly five years returned home on October 26, saying he and the other hostages had eaten mice, scorpions and centipedes throughout the ordeal. / AFP PHOTO / CNA PHOTO / CNA PHOTO / - Taiwan OUT - China OUT - Hong Kong OUT - Macau OUT / -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / CNA PHOTO" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Somali pirates free Filipino hostages held for nearly 5 years

Oct 23, 2016 - 7:55 AM

The crew of the Naham 3 – from Cambodia China Indonesia Philippines Taiwan and Vietnam – will be returned to their home countries and families

Southeast Asia now biggest piracy hotspot – report

Sep 19, 2016 - 1:04 PM

The Philippine based bandit group Abu Sayyaf is instrumental in a number of these attacks in 2015 the International Maritime Bureau reports

Megaupload founder says extradition appeal to be live-streamed

Aug 30, 2016 - 8:02 PM

To ensure a fair trial Kim Dotcom demands that the hearing be live streamed

ONLINE TRIAL. Internet mogul Kim Dotcom leaves with his girlfriend Elizabeth Donelly following his extradition appeal at the High Court in Auckland on August 29, 2016. File photo by Kate Dwek/AFP

The measures Google employs to battle piracy

Aug 24, 2016 - 3:48 PM

As big tech companies bolster their anti piracy front the hope is that it will become easier for content creators to protect their material

THE FIGHTING ISN'T OVER. The theater and the weapons have changed but piracy lives on. Illustration by Alejandro Edoria

Indonesia says oil tanker 'taken by crew' not hijacked

Aug 17, 2016 - 4:32 PM

UPDATED Indonesia s navy says the captain had contacted its agent twice to say the vessel was returning to Batam because of an internal management problem within the company

This picture taken November 3, 2006 shows a view of the container port of Tanjung Pelepas, in southern Johor state. Tengku Bahar/AFP

Kickass Torrents site down, alleged owner arrested

Jul 21, 2016 - 7:35 PM

United States authorities posed as advertiser to the site revealing a bank account associated with the torrent site court records show

Google says anti-piracy effort has delivered $2B

Jul 14, 2016 - 2:45 PM

Half of the music industry s YouTube revenue comes from fan content claimed via Content ID says Google s Katie Oyama

CHALLENGES AHEAD. More than a decade after its debut in 2005, YouTube faces challenges from many competitors. File photo by Samantha Sin/Files/AFP

Asia hotbed of IT piracy despite economic growth – report

May 25, 2016 - 9:17 PM

The report results from a survey of 22 000 computer users and 2 000 information technology decision makers and includes business operating system gaming and security software

SOFTWARE PIRACY. Pirated software CDs are seen on sale at a shop near the Afghan border in Chaman, Pakistan, on April 23, 2010. File photo by Matiullah Achakzai/EPA

Gunmen kidnap 4 Indonesian sailors off Malaysia

Apr 16, 2016 - 12:39 AM

UPDATED The kidnapping comes just over two weeks after 10 Indonesian sailors were kidnapped in waters off southern Philippines

Egyptian, Filipino kidnapped by pirates off Nigeria

Apr 14, 2016 - 10:14 PM

The CMA CGM Turquoise is stormed late on Monday as it travelled between Nigeria s commercial hub Lagos and Douala in Cameroon

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Blu-ray leaks online early

Mar 24, 2016 - 2:17 PM

The first leaked online copy brings in some 250 000 downloads within the first 12 hours

THE PIRACY AWAKEN. 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' is acquired early by a torrenting group. Photo courtesy of Disney

An open letter to gaming stores

Feb 06, 2016 - 7:23 PM

While the gaming industry has evolved far beyond the old models of the 1990s your business practices haven’t and they continue to hurt gaming and the industry alike

British journalists jailed over piracy film finally leave Indonesia

Nov 11, 2015 - 2:38 PM

Neil Bonner 32 and Rebecca Prosser 31 received two and a half month prison sentences for misusing their tourist visas to make a documentary about piracy near the western island of Batam

JOURNALISTS FREE. Neil Bonner, 32, and Rebecca Prosser, 31, received two-and-a-half month prison sentences for misusing their tourist visas to make a documentary about piracy. Photo by AFP

Piracy sites YIFY, Popcorn Time shut down

Nov 05, 2015 - 6:10 PM

Chris Dodd MPAA chairman: This coordinated legal action is part of a larger comprehensive approach being taken by the MPAA and its international affiliates to combat content theft

SHUT DOWN. Images from file.

British journalists handed jail terms in Indonesia for reporting while on tourist visa

Nov 03, 2015 - 4:59 PM

The pair arrived in Indonesia to shoot a documentary about piracy with funding from National Geographic

The wRap Indonesia: Aceh to cane gays, haze reaches Thailand

Oct 23, 2015 - 6:00 AM

Other stories include a recommended jail term for journalists doing illegal reporting in Indonesia and up and coming women leaders in the country s tech scene

CANING. An Acehnese receiving lashes in public on September 19. Under a new law, gay sex is punishable by up to 100 lashes or 100 months in prison. Photo by Nurdin Hasan/Rappler

Jail sought for British journalists who filmed docu on a tourist visa

Oct 22, 2015 - 7:14 PM

Foreign journalists wanting to report in Indonesia must get a special visa

26% of Australian Internet users pirate content – survey

Jul 22, 2015 - 7:45 PM

According to the survey 39 of those surveyed would be encouraged to stop if legal content was cheaper and 38 would stop if more content was available to purchase legally

ILLEGAL CONTENT CONSUMPTION. Image from Australia Department of Communications website

PH targets P13B counterfeit goods to seize in 2015

Jul 07, 2015 - 8:58 PM

Philippine authorities will try to match 2014’s catch of more than P12B worth of illegal products and continue their information campaign about piracy

FAKE GOODS. The Philippines has seized about P775 million worth of counterfeit goods in the first half of 2015. Photo from Shutterstock / Ian Law

Malaysian navy says missing tanker found in Cambodian waters

Jun 18, 2015 - 2:57 PM

MT Orkim Harmony has been detected in Cambodian waters with a new name and fresh coat of paint

ONE OF MANY. An undated handout picture released by the Royal Malaysian Navy shows a picture of Malaysian oil tanker MT Oriental Glory, attacked by suspected pirates in the Malacca Straits on 15 July 2014 and stole its cargo, but left the crew unharmed. The Malaysian navy recovered the ship 16 July. Photo by Malaysian Royal Navy / EPA

Malaysian-flagged tanker missing – piracy watchdog

Jun 14, 2015 - 10:11 PM

The owners of the MT Orkim Harmony last had contact with the ship late Thursday June 11

ONE OF MANY. An undated handout picture released by the Royal Malaysian Navy shows a picture of Malaysian oil tanker MT Oriental Glory, attacked by suspected pirates in the Malacca Straits on 15 July 2014 and stole its cargo, but left the crew unharmed. The Malaysian navy recovered the ship 16 July. Photo by Malaysian Royal Navy / EPA

What will it take to eventually beat NCR at Palaro?

May 11, 2015 - 6:45 AM

NCR has been Palaro’s champions in the last decade They have yet to relinquish their hold of overall champion of the games since 2005

PH, Japan arrest 'pirates' in sea safety drill

May 06, 2015 - 9:24 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard and the Japan Coast Guard downplay questions on whether the joint exercises are meant to counter China s threat

SAFETY AT SEA. Members of the Philippine Coast Guard and the Japanese Coast Guard 'arrest' 6 hijackers at Manila Bay in a joint maritime safety drill on May 6, 2015. Photo by Joel Leporada, Rappler

What it takes to bring a foreign act to the Philippines

Mar 14, 2015 - 1:17 PM

Passion for music years of hard work and adaptability to changes – these enable Celinda and Rene De Guia’s Ovation Productions to bring the world’s well known foreign artists to the country