Optical Disc Piracy Trade in Quiapo, Philippines (Follow me on Twitter@detectivebogart)
By: Dr. Vivencio Ballanovballano@yahoo.com
NOTE:This Sociological Study was completed in 2010 before the QuiapoPiracy Trade in the Barter Center Complex was closed down by MayorAlfredo Lim and the OMB.This study is dedicated to our poor Muslim brothers who struggle tofight poverty and social discrimination in Philippine society through theinformal trade of piracy.Some slides on theMajor Social Forces that Facilitate the Piracy trade in the Philippinesare excluded here.A book form of this study has been prepared by the author for Ateneode Manila University Press.
Association of American Publishers (AAP)Business Software Alliance (BSA)Entertainment Software Association (ESA)Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA)Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA)National Music Publishers Association (NMPA)Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)
Piracy said to have worsened in RP04/24/2008 | 05:23 AMEmail this | Email the Editor | Print | Digg this | Add todel.icio.usMANILA, Philippines - Copyright piracy has worsenedin the Philippines, leading to a 25% increase in tradelosses to $212.3 million or around P9 billion last year,according to an influential business lobby based in theUS.The International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA), incomments submitted to the US government for its yearlyreport on copyright violators, said the Philippines shouldcontinuously be monitored but there should be nochange in the country’s status in the US "Special 301"findings.
“Last May 2, or a week after the United States TradeRepresentative (USTR) released its Special 301 Report,which specifically mentioned Quiapos notoriety forselling counterfeit and pirated merchandize, abs-cbnNEWS.com visited this bustling area of Manila“(ABS-CBN Online 5/11/2008).QUIAPO ONE OF THE WORLD’S BIGGEST‘PIRATE DENS” (May 2, 2007)Quiapo in Manila has been listed by the Office of the UnitedStates Trade Representative as one of the “notorious markets” forpirated and counterfeit merchandise. In its “Special 301” report, theagency said piracy thrives in the district despite several raids in2006. Stalls in several shopping centers in Quiapo openly sellillegally copied optical discs, closing only for a few days after a raidbut resuming business afterward. The USTR named 10 notoriousmarkets for pirated goods, which included the Panthip Plaza inBangkok, the Harco Glodok in Jakarta, Indonesia and the Silk StreetMarket in Beijing, China. The agency also said transshipped or intransit goods remain a problem in the Philippines, Thailand, HongKong, Paraguay and other countries (www.manilatimes.net).
I. Organizational & Social Dimensionof Deviance: Classical to SocialCapital theoriesII. Cultural & Social Alliances & Deviance:Religious affiliation, Ethnicity, & IllegalNetwork of Law Enforcers & TradersIII. Material & Geographical Networksthat maintain High-tech CrimeIV. Technology, Society & High-TechDeviance and Actor-Network Theory