OMB tells local cable TV operator to explain airing of pirated copy of ‘Avengers: Endgame’

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 2) — The Optical Media Board (OMB) snapped its fingers at a Zamboanga del Norte cable TV provider for airing an unauthorized copy of 'Avengers: Endgame.'

The OMB said Thursday that it has ordered Orient Cable to explain why it should not face charges over the alleged acts of piracy.

It added that Orient Cable could face administrative and criminal raps for violating Republic Act 9239 or the Optical Media Act of 2003, which carries a penalty of up to six years of imprisonment and a fine of up to ₱1.5 million.

The cable company has been slapped with a complaint before the OMB by Teatro de Dapitan, the lone theater authorized to show Avengers: Endgame in Zamboanga del Norte.

Netizens first reported that the movie, which grossed $1.2 billion worldwide in its opening weekend, was being aired by the cable company. Teatro de Dapitan’s owner, Lovely Nice Custodio, reported to police that the movie aired on channels 10 and 18 at around 11:30 a.m.

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A lawyer for Teatro de Dapitan said the unauthorized airing of the movie caused pecuniary loss and damage to the movieworld and adversely affected the film industry in the country.

The cable company has not given a statement since the issue first broke out.

Avengers: Endgame punctuates the third phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and shows the quest of the remaining superheroes to defeat a supervillain who has wiped out half of the world’s population in a snap of a finger.

Zamboanga del Sur-based journalist Marlon Panares contributed to this report.