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Strengthening Defenses: CODA and MPA Renew Commitment to Combat Global Piracy Through 2026

The recent renewal of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between CODA and the Motion Picture Association (MPA) marks a decade of collaborative success in combating global piracy and protecting intellectual property, solidifying their commitment through 2026.



The recent renewal of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between CODA and the Motion Picture Association (MPA) is a significant milestone in the global fight against copyright infringement. The agreement was initially signed in 2014 and has been extended through 2026, underscoring the organisations' decade-long commitment to strengthening copyright protection and developing best practices against piracy. The fifth renewal of the MOU was celebrated at the MPA headquarters in Washington, DC, commemorating the 10th anniversary of their partnership. This renewal reaffirms both organisations' dedication to refining their strategies in response to evolving online and physical piracy challenges.


Since 2005, CODA and MPA have been working hand in hand to combat physical piracy in the Asia-Pacific region. Their collaboration formalised with an MOU in 2014, has led to tens of thousands of successful anti-piracy operations. These joint efforts have proven highly effective in protecting the intellectual property rights of creators and stakeholders in the entertainment industry. As a result, pirates are finding it increasingly difficult to operate without facing consequences. The success of these measures is a clear testament to the importance of international cooperation in combating piracy, a menace that not only undermines the economic foundations of the film industry but also infringes on the creative rights of its contributors.


Looking ahead, the renewed MOU between CODA and the MPA is not just a continuation of their past efforts but a promise of further advancements in anti-piracy measures and more decisive enforcement actions. This ongoing collaboration is expected to adapt to the evolving piracy landscape, particularly with the rise of digital platforms where copyright infringement has become increasingly complex. The proactive approach of both organisations, with the support of the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), not only sets an example for other industries grappling with similar issues but also emphasises the importance of safeguarding intellectual property in the digital era.


Opinion:

The extension of the MOU is likely to positively impact anti-piracy efforts in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region. Given the region's dynamic and rapidly evolving digital landscape, the reinforced commitment could lead to more robust and tech-savvy enforcement strategies. This region, known for its significant digital media consumption, will benefit from the heightened focus on protecting intellectual property.


By continuing to share resources, expertise, and tactical approaches, CODA and the MPA are poised to curb the prevalence of illegal streaming and downloads and set a standard for copyright enforcement that could inspire similar agreements and collaborations across other regions.


This strategic alignment is crucial in creating a hostile environment for piracy operations, ultimately leading to decreased pirated content availability and ensuring the economic viability of the creative industries within APAC.


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