Peru. The Ministry of Transport and Communications, MTC, announced that it will cancel the concession of cable TV companies that disseminate pirated content, with the aim of reducing the growing informality in cable broadcasting, protecting the rights of citizens and developing mechanisms that safeguard the principles of ethics and formality in the market.
Likewise, it has been included in the Regulations of the Telecommunications Law the possibility that these companies lose the concession to provide services, in case they do not respect the author's rights. The purpose is to prevent pirated or unauthorized content from being issued.
These control and oversight actions were possible after the approval of Supreme Decree N ° 015-2019-MTC, recently published by the sector and which constitutes a strict compliance standard.
"The application of this amendment establishes that the State is in the power to terminate a cable TV operation contract, as long as the offending companies have been previously audited and the sector has issued a firm administrative decision," the vice minister said. Communications, Virginia Nakagawa.
The cause of resolution of the concession contracts is included: the distribution, redistribution, transmission, retransmission or commercialization of the contents without the authorization of the owner, aspects that were not previously incorporated in the General Regulations of the Telecommunications Law.
This measure promoted by the MTC is framed under international treaties signed as the Andean Decision 351, the Berne Convention for the protection of literary and artistic works, the Rome Convention on the protection of performers, producers of phonograms and the broadcasting organizations, the WIPO Copyright Treaty, the WIPO Treaty on Performances and Phonograms, among others.
There are formal 664 companies that provide public service cable broadcasting. The Ministry of Production estimates that piracy causes losses amounting to US $ 72 million annually to the State and US $ 171 million to the private sector.