Antipiracy Convention 2016

Author:Ms María Sol Porro
Profession:Moeller IP Advisors

On August 10, 2016, the first Anti-Piracy Convention was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina featuring several exhibitors from both public and private sectors. At this conference, various issues affecting the LATAM multimedia industry were discussed.

The event began with a welcome address, detailing the objectives of the conference, by Sebastian Lateulade (President of TodotvMedia) and Francisco Escutia (CEO, Latin American Antipiracy and IP Consulting, LLC (LAAPIP).

Presentations included sessions on multiple topics such as status of pay television and piracy and its impacts throughout LATAM.


Speakers: Tomás Gennari (of Business Bureau, BB), Ralph Haiek, (Vice president of National Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts INCAA), Federico Villalba, (Representative of National Public Prosecutor's Office Ministerio Público Fiscal de C.A.B.A.) & Ms. Silvana Giudici (Director of National Authority for Communications (ENACOM)

Mr. Gennari talked about the large number of households using pirated platforms today which not only affects advertisers, producers, software developers, hardware, collective management of copyright, to the market, but also the society in general.

The use of pirated platforms has resulted in pay TV in Argentina coming more or less to a standstill as no better alternatives are offered to the public. In contrast, Uruguay managed to reduce this problem by investing in digital TV and enacting an antipiracy law. Argentina should follow this path as well.

Mr. Haiek confirmed that the National Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts (INCAA) is contributing to the fight against piracy through the creation of good and accessible content distribution locations. They are the national representative fighting for those who cannot access content on a regular basis. INCAA cooperates closely with the Argentinean Culture Ministry. Together these offices are working on improving a better selection of films and the distribution of movies to everyone on Argentine TV, in the hopes of offering a better-varied selection on Argentine TV, thereby reducing the usage of pirated platforms.

National Public Prosecutor's Office raised the need to recognize piracy as a specific offense categorized as "unauthorized use of signals". Although recognition of the "unauthorized use of signals" is an issue still pending in Argentina, Mr. Villabla confirmed that in Uruguay, this offense has been recognized as a criminal act...

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