Benefits of Effective site Blocking vs Piracy #PlayItRight
The Philippines will reap significant benefits from enforcing site blocking to combat piracy, the latest YouGov consumer surveys commissioned by the Coalition Against Piracy (CAP) showed, redounding to the vibrancy of the P1.60-trillion creative industry, a top contributor to the economy.
The Globe Group said this as it celebrated the passage of House Bill No. 7600, which proposes revisions to the country’s 26-year-old Intellectual Property (IP) Code, including allowing site blocking, to address gaps that have allowed online piracy to endure and to empower regulators to act against violators.
The bill, authored by Albay 2nd District Rep. Joey Salceda, was approved on third and final reading at the House of Representatives on Monday, May 22. The bill will then be transmitted to the Senate.
“The Globe Group congratulates Albay 2nd District Rep. Joey Salceda for steering House Bill No. 7600 towards its triumphant passage at the House. This is a landmark achievement for the creative industry, with the bill a step closer to becoming a law. We are inching closer towards ensuring more stringent protection for our content creators and their livelihood,” said Globe Group Chief Sustainability and Corporate Communications Officer Yoly Crisanto.
“Piracy not only jeopardizes the livelihood of content creators and other works in the creative industry but also worsens consumer exposure to malware risks. Revisions to the IP code are essential for bolstering a digital landscape that is secure and equitable,” she said.
CAP surveys showed that in countries where site blocking is being effectively implemented, positive behavioral change has been observed, with 62% of consumers in Indonesia and 64% in Malaysia changing their viewing habits, opting instead to watch free and legal streaming or either stopping or reducing use of pirate sites.
In the Philippines, 58% of consumers engage with pirated content, yet they expressed willingness to pay for legal content if not available on piracy services. Based on multiple answers, the survey revealed that 53% of respondents would pay for subscription services, 15% for individual pay-per-view, 28% for cinema viewings, 13% for Blu-Ray or DVD, and 39% would opt for legitimate ad-supported media such as free-to-air or online platforms.
Filipino consumers are in favor of government intervention against piracy. Allowed to give multiple answers, 45% of the respondents advocate for government or court orders for Internet Service Providers to block pirate websites, 27% favor banning the sale of Android TV Boxes providing access to pirated content, and 39% support banning apps that provide access to pirated content.
“Site blocking is an effective tool for steering consumers towards legitimate content sources. This, coupled with legislative reform, can safeguard our creative industry, which is a vital part of our economy,” Crisanto said.
The creative industry is a vital contributor to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), accounting for approximately 7.3 percent or P1.6 trillion of the gross value-added in 2022, according to data from the Philippine Statistics Authority. However, this figure was already lower than the 7.5 percent reported in 2018, primarily due to piracy.
Globe has long been advocating against piracy through the #PlayItRight program, which seeks support for the protection of content creators amid the prevalence of pirated content.
It is part of the Video Coalition of the Philippines, formed last year with key industry stakeholders and the Asia Video Industry Association (AVIA) to champion stronger intellectual property protection in the country. Currently, the IP code’s definition of pirated goods excludes electronic or online content. It also lacks provision for the effective blocking of pirate sites.
To learn more about Globe, visit https://www.globe.com.ph/.
Q1: What does the latest YouGov consumer surveys commissioned by the Coalition Against Piracy (CAP) reveal about the Philippines?
A: The latest YouGov consumer surveys commissioned by the Coalition Against Piracy (CAP) show that in the Philippines, 58% of consumers engage with pirated content. However, a significant number of respondents expressed willingness to pay for legal content if it were not available on piracy services.
Q2: How does the Philippines plan to combat online piracy?
A: The Philippines plans to combat online piracy by enforcing site blocking measures. House Bill No. 7600, which proposes revisions to the country’s 26-year-old Intellectual Property (IP) Code, including allowing site blocking, was recently approved on third and final reading at the House of Representatives. This bill aims to address gaps that have allowed online piracy to endure and empower regulators to act against violators.
Q3: What are the benefits of enforcing site blocking to combat piracy in the Philippines?
A: Enforcing site blocking to combat piracy in the Philippines is expected to reap significant benefits. According to surveys conducted by CAP, countries where site blocking is effectively implemented have shown positive behavioral change among consumers. For example, in Indonesia, 62% of consumers and in Malaysia, 64% of consumers changed their viewing habits, opting for free and legal streaming or reducing their use of pirate sites. Implementing site blocking can also contribute to the vibrancy of the P1.60-trillion creative industry, which is a top contributor to the country’s economy.
Q4: How do Filipino consumers feel about government intervention against piracy?
A: Filipino consumers are in favor of government intervention against piracy. According to the surveys, 45% of respondents advocate for government or court orders for Internet Service Providers to block pirate websites. Additionally, 27% favor banning the sale of Android TV Boxes that provide access to pirated content, and 39% support banning apps that provide access to pirated content. These findings demonstrate a desire for stronger measures to combat piracy.
Q5: How does piracy affect the creative industry in the Philippines?
A: Piracy negatively impacts the creative industry in the Philippines. According to data from the Philippine Statistics Authority, the creative industry accounted for approximately 7.3% or P1.6 trillion of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2022. However, this figure has already decreased from the 7.5% reported in 2018, primarily due to piracy. Enforcing site blocking and implementing legislative reforms can help safeguard the creative industry, ensuring its continued contribution to the economy.
Q6: What initiatives has Globe taken to combat piracy?
A: Globe has been advocating against piracy through its #PlayItRight program. As part of the Video Coalition of the Philippines, formed with key industry stakeholders and the Asia Video Industry Association (AVIA), Globe aims to champion stronger intellectual property protection in the country. Globe recognizes the importance of protecting content creators and their livelihoods in the face of rampant pirated content.
Q7: What are the existing gaps in the Intellectual Property (IP) Code of the Philippines?
A: The Intellectual Property (IP) Code of the Philippines has existing gaps that need to be addressed. Currently, its definition of pirated goods excludes electronic or online content. Furthermore, the IP code lacks provisions for the effective blocking of pirate sites. The proposed revisions in House Bill No. 7600 aim to bridge these gaps and strengthen intellectual property protection.
Q8: Where can I learn more about Globe?
A: To learn more about Globe and its initiatives, you can visit their official website at https://www.globe.com.ph/.
Globe earns recognition as Climate Leader in Asia-Pacific for second year in a row
For two consecutive years, leading digital solutions platform Globe has been recognized as one of Asia Pacific’s Climate Leaders. The list developed by the Financial Times and Global Market Research Firm, Statista honors companies that are making significant strides in reducing their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Globe is the only Philippine telco company included in this year’s line up. The company sees this recognition as a testament to its commitment to climate action, backed by its energy-efficient technologies and sustainable network operations.
“Being recognized by the Financial Times as a Climate Leader for the second time reaffirms our commitment to make a positive impact to the environment. This inspires us to continue on our path to net zero. We believe that collaboration between us and our stakeholders is key in our roadmap towards a more sustainable, low-carbon future,” said Yoly Crisanto, Globe Group’s Chief Sustainability and Corporate Communications Officer.
Globe’s inclusion in the list was a result of the rigorous process conducted by the Financial Times and Statista, where they examined the carbon footprint of thousands of companies in the region.
The assessment considered factors such as revenues, independent emissions data reporting, adherence to Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions reporting, and CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project) ratings among others. Globe stood out for its substantial reductions in its core emissions intensity between 2016 and 2021, demonstrating not only its financial growth but its dedication to climate action.
A core part of Globe’s success comes from the implementation of numerous climate action initiatives over the years, from deploying green network solutions, piloting off-grid network technologies in remote and disaster-prone areas, adopting eco-friendly batteries, adopting green, low-carbon optical networks technologies, and shifting to renewable energy consumption in its key sites.
In line with these, Globe has also ventured into engaging its supply chain, establishing sustainability criteria in its procurement and vendor assessment processes, and rallying business partners to support and follow sustainable practices. The move propelled a collective, company-wide journey towards greener operations, in line with its commitment to achieving net zero GHG emissions by 2050.
Coming from the company’s commitment to set science-based targets through the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) in 2021, Globe is set to submit targets to SBTi for validation and approval this year. Ahead of its submission, Globe achieved a 4.42% reduction in its total Scope 1 and 2 emissions driven by the company’s energy management programs and continued shift to renewable energy sources for its high energy sites. This exceeded its interim voluntary reduction target of 4.2% Linear Annual Reduction Rate (LARR) set in 2022, aligned with the SBTi reduction rate for the 1.5˚C global warming scenario.
To learn more about Globe’s sustainability commitments and strategies, visit Globe’s Sustainability page. For the latest Globe Integrated Report, click this link.
Globe leads 5G speeds in key Mindanao cities
Globe dominated major areas in Mindanao in terms of 5G speeds for the first quarter of the year, as it remains firm in its commitment to providing faster and more reliable connectivity to Filipinos nationwide.
Based on Ookla® Speedtest Intelligence® Q1 2023 data, Globe topped the 5G mobile segment in Cagayan de Oro with a median download speed of 159.298 Mbps, Misamis Oriental with 157.795 Mbps, and Zamboanga with 99.916 Mbps. Globe’s 5G outdoor coverage has reached 90.2 percent in key cities of Mindanao.
This latest wireless internet connectivity offers huge advantages over 4G. With speeds up to 100 times faster, higher bandwidth, and a more stable internet connection, 5G can revolutionize the way people live, work, and play, and help bridge the digital divide.
As a 5G pioneer in the Philippines, Globe helps drive the adoption of 5G technology in the country and paves the way for the next generation of digital innovation. This is in line with its commitment to driving economic growth and development through innovation and infrastructure under the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
“The importance of 5G connectivity cannot be overstated. It can unlock countless opportunities for growth and development, not just for businesses but also for individuals and communities. 5G can bring new education and health services to remote areas, create new job opportunities, and spur economic development in the region. This is why Globe is committed to bringing 5G connectivity all over the Philippines so Filipinos anywhere can have access to the same opportunities and services,” said Globe Chief Transformation and Customer Experience Officer Rebecca Eclipse.
In the first quarter of 2023, Globe deployed 66 new 5G sites in 74 cities and towns across the country, expanding its 5G outdoor coverage to 97.21% of the National Capital Region and 90.28% of key cities in Visayas and Mindanao. Globe also logged 4.3 million devices in its 5G network as of March 2023.
To learn more about Globe, visit www.globe.com.ph.
Globe donates 100 Home Prepaid WiFi units to DepEd
Reliable and high-speed connectivity has become an essential component of effective education in today’s digital age as students and teachers need access to the internet to engage in various online learning activities and resources.
But many schools in underserved areas still struggle with connectivity issues. To address this challenge, Globe is supporting the Department of Education’s (DepEd) MATATAG Agenda, which aims to improve the delivery of basic education facilities and services in far-flung places in the country.
The company recently donated 100 Home Prepaid WiFi units to DepEd, which have been distributed to various schools in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and Region 1. Globe Home Prepaid WIFi offers budget-friendly yet fast and reliable internet access.
By bringing technology and the internet closer to teachers and students, Globe is helping facilitate better and more efficient learning. High-speed internet connectivity allows teachers and students to access digital textbooks and multimedia learning resources, as well as engage in collaborative online activities.
This provides students with a more comprehensive and meaningful education and supports the development of critical digital literacy skills that are necessary for success in the 21st century.
“Globe hopes to contribute to the achievement of the MATATAG Agenda and make a positive impact on the lives of students and teachers in CAR and Region 1. Globe is committed to continuing its efforts to improve internet connectivity in schools across the Philippines and provide quality education for all,” said Globe Group Chief Sustainability and Corporate Communications Officer Yoly Crisanto.
The MATATAG Agenda has four critical components, including making the curriculum relevant to produce competent and job-ready citizens, accelerating the delivery of basic education facilities and services, giving support to teachers to teach better, and strengthening partnerships and collaborations of the education sector with other sectors.
This is aligned with Globe’s commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, including SDG No. 4 which advocates for equitable access to quality education and tools for digital upskilling.
Globe’s involvement in the DepEd program shows its dedication to ensuring that every student has an equal chance to succeed, regardless of socioeconomic status or geographical location. Through its efforts to enhance internet connectivity in schools, Globe helps create more opportunities for students to access quality education and develop critical digital literacy skills.
To learn more about Globe, visit https://www.globe.com.ph/.
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