The Latin America ops of the Motion Picture Assn. and the Intl. Federation of the Phonographic Industry have pacted to improve joint anti-piracy and legislative efforts across the region where music sales have plunged 30% over the past five years.
Currently, IFPI and the MPA co-operate on the seizure of illegally imported blank media from Paraguay to Brazil.
Mexico and Brazil are on IFPI’s top 10 list of countries. Paraguay is considered a major shipment point for pirate discs and is also featured on the list published in IFPI’s Commercial Piracy Report 2005.
The new pact builds on an existing one signed by the orgs in 2000.
On the legislative front, IFPI and MPA will jointly lobby for measures to protect the recording and audiovisual industries, such as pending bills in Mexico to ban camcording in movie theaters, provide ex-officio powers to law enforcement officers and secure stiffer penalties for convicted pirates.
Similar measures are under consideration in Brazil, Chile, Argentina and other countries in the region.