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MPEAA merges piracy ops

The Motion Picture Export Assn. of America announced yesterday that anti-piracy operations for Europe, Africa and the Middle East will be centralized out of its Brussels office, as part of the organization’s consolidation of resources.

The move is part of the MPEAA’s effort to concentrate anti-piracy operations out of three offices — one in Brussels, one in Singapore (Far East) and one in Los Angeles (Latin America).

In conjunction with the move, Middle Easter/Mediterranean Operations veepee Walid Nasser is being transferred from offices in Istanbul, Turkey, to Los Angeles. Nasser will assume new duties in the Foreign Legal Dept. of the MPEAA.

Bill Baker, senior veepee director of worldwide anti-piracy for the MPEAA, credited Nasser for establishing the organization’s presence in the Middle East. Nasser opened the MPEAA’s office in Istanbul in 1986.

Taking over the watch for Middle Eastern/Mediterranean bootleggers is MPEAA veepee and director of European/African operations Tim Kuik, who will work out of Brussels. Kuik’s primary responsibility will be to establish copyright provisions in emerging Eastern European nations.

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