New kids on the piracy block
For years movie anti piracy activity has been led by the Motion Picture Association, which helps its member film studios (principally the major Hollywood studios) address film piracy and market access. In Asia over decades they have work to address VCD, DVD, broadcast, camcording and online piracy.
Now a new organization has appeared. The Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) is a global anti-piracy coalition which represents many of the new content giants such as Amazon, Neflix, HBO, as well as the digital arms of many studios.
In Thailand a new government anti-piracy agency opened in December. The Center of Operational Policing for Thailand Against Intellectual Property Violations and Crimes on the Internet Suppression, otherwise known as COPTICS, is a collaboration between The Royal Thai Police (RTP) and the Office of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC). It aims to block piracy sites faster than in the past. Its first complaint was filed by Netflix.
The digital world shifts every few years and this new structure represents the new content order and its needs to address piracy. Asia can expect to play a leading part in this as digital entertainment grows exponentially across the region.