The fight against piracy continues and government authorities are making extra effort to combat the problem.
The Optical Media Board (OMB) on Wednesday caught several Metro Manila buses showing pirated copies of the Star Cinema hit movie “Hello, Love, Goodbye” starring Kathryn Bernardo and Alden Richards, ABS-CBN News reported.
The government’s anti-film piracy arm likewise seized several USB flash during a raid on transport terminals.
The crime of piracy is under Republic Act No. 10088 or “An Act to prohibit and penalize the unauthorized use, possession and/or control of audiovisual recording devices for the unauthorized recording of cinematographic films and other audiovisual works and/or their soundtracks in an exhibition facility, providing penalties therefor and for other purposes.”
Those who will be found guilty of the charge could be imprisoned for up to 6 years and fined up to P1.5 million.
“Hello, Love, Goodbye” is about Joy (Kathryn), the quintessential OFW who is working hard in Hong Kong to provide for her family in the Philippines. On the other hand, Ethan (Alden) is less driven, working as a bartender as he waits for his residency to push through. Joy has shied away from relationships, but is unable to resist Ethan. When they fall in love, they both agree that the relationship would be temporary.
Directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina, “Hello, Love, Goodbye” has grossed P838 million worldwide so far, according to Star Cinema.