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IPOPHL Takes Decisive Action Against Piracy, Blocking Eleven YTS Domains in the Philippines

The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) has intensified its anti-piracy campaign by ordering the blocking of eleven YTS domains involved in distributing pirated content.



More good news is reaching us from the Philippines following the proposed amendments to the Philippines' Intellectual Property Code.


The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) has made significant strides in its battle against digital piracy. It has targeted eleven domains and subdomains operated by YTS, a notorious site linked to the illegal distribution of copyrighted content. This weekend, IPOPHL announced that these sites had infringed on Section 216 of the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines and Memorandum Circular 23-025, which supports voluntary administrative site blocking.


The domains in question, such as yts.mx, yts.rs, and yts.ag, are accused of hosting and facilitating the download and streaming of pirated movies and TV shows. An investigation by IPOPHL confirmed the violation, noting that these sites were also flagged on WIPO Alert, a platform by the World Intellectual Property Organization that monitors piracy.


The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) issued a directive on May 16 to all internet service providers (ISPs) in the Philippines, instructing them to block access to certain listed sites. This directive reinforces a memorandum of understanding signed in September with major ISPs such as Globe Telecom and Smart Communications in response to violations.


Rowel S. Barba, the Director General of IPOPHL, emphasised the significance of these actions in protecting the creative industry and encouraged further stakeholder participation to combat piracy.

“Millions of netizens visit this website, so this is a major win for the creative industry. We encourage more stakeholders to come forward, file a complaint, and further disrupt access to piracy websites,”

This decisive crackdown represents a crucial step in curbing the proliferation of pirated content in the Philippines.


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