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Cambodia Cracks Down on Copyright

Phnom Penh – With the opening of Cambodia’s first two licensed cinemas, Legend Cinemas and Sabay Cineplex, Cambodian authorities have begun to crack down on pirated DVDs. The new laws apparently came into effect at the beginning of November and prohibit vendors from selling copies of films that are currently screening at either Legend or the Cineplex.

According to sources in Sorya Mall and the Russian Market, police conducted raids earlier in the month, warning vendors of the new laws and removing copies of all currently screening movies from their shelves. Vendors were also warned of future raids which would this time include fines for stocking any of the currently screening films.

It isn’t apparent at first look, however, after closer inspection you’ll notice that there are a number of films now missing from their shelves. I see this as a positive step forward for copyright in Cambodia. There has been international pressure in the past on Cambodia for its lackluster enforcement of copyright however without a licensed cinema presence nor any availability of original media content, there has never been much incentive.

However with a burgeoning middle-class, it made sense for Cambodia to open not just one but two licensed cinemas. And now that they are here to stay, some copyright enforcement is needed in order to ensure their longterm viability.

However, change may simply be only surface-deep. As one Russian market vendor told me, and read between the lines here: “You can buy it, we just can’t sell it.


Life without Facebook

I’m taking a one week break from Facebook.

It’s something I like to do every few months. Because I think it’s important to remember what life’s like without it and that there’s more I could do with my free time than just refresh my news feed.

That being said, I still find myself thinking in status updates and wanting to check my account after a night out with friends.

And what surprises me even more is the amount of interest my Facebook furlough has generated among my friends. The question ‘why’ almost always invariably pops up. And even more surprisingly, more often than not, I’m met with the reaction, ‘I don’t get it.’ Truth be told, I actually find myself more present and more connected when I’m not on Facebook.

The hacking group Anonymous have announced that due to annoyance and frustration with Facebook’s privacy settings that on November 5 they will take the social network site down. I don’t know if that’s possible and I don’t know if they’ll actually do it. But should they manage to be successful, even if just temporarily maybe my friends will come to realize that life without Facebook, as inconvenient as it may be, may just actually be a welcome change (that is as soon as the thinking in status updates dies down, in which case they can just jump over to Twitter).

Media Ownership

With the current News of the World scandal in Britain and with so much attention currently on Rupert Murdoch and his media empire (News Corporation), what better time to take a look at just who controls mainstream media.

We’re used to thinking that media outlets like CNN and The New York Times are entities in and of themselves but the reality is that they are just pieces of much larger media empires (CNN being a part of AOL Time Warner and The New York Times with News Corporation).

Here’s some food for thought:

A little scary? I think so. I’m all for mass media but when it comes to control of the media, there need to be limits.

Welcome to ProducerTales

Hi World,

Welcome to my first ever blog.
Now, let’s get down to business. Here’s the story, I’m a recent media graduate who is now working as an assistant producer on a documentary…in Cambodia. Random? Maybe.
So, I thought I’d use this blog to chart my journey as a budding producer. But that’s not all. There’s also going to be interviews, movie reviews, and anything that pops into my head that I feel like talking about. So, stay tuned because this is where it’s at. 🙂