Duringhis keynote speech at the opening night ceremony, Motion Picture Association ofAmerica CEO Dan Glickman spoke of the "common enemy"afflicting both the US and Chinese film industries.
Heacknowledged that Chinese authorities have recently agreed to step upenforcement but said there's "still a long way to go" in the country's fightagainst piracy. He also challenged
TheMotion Picture Association (MPA) estimates that its members lost $896m topiracy in
Piracywas also the subject of CineAsia's opening dayseminar - "Cross-Border Crime, Cross-Border Enforcement" - at which officialsfrom
WangYongshui, deputy director general of the ChineseCustoms' Department of Laws and Regulations, said that a lack of informationamong enforcement agencies is hindering
Healso suggested that legitimate DVD distributors should step up activities inmainland
Malaysia'ssecretary general of domestic trade & consumer affairs, Dato'Seri Talaat Bin HajiHussein, said his country had reduced piracy levels from 85% in 1999 to 50% in2003 thanks to measures that included strengthening copyright laws and settingup courts to deal specifically with IP infringement. "But the hardcoreoperators are still out there for us to crack down on," he said.