A pirated copy of Avengers: Endgame was shown by a Philippines cable provider, leading to legal charges from a local movie theater and an investigation by the country's government.
According to the Fillipino news network ABS-CBN, the Dipolog City-based Orient Cable and Telecommunications (OCT) aired Avengers: Endgame on Wednesday, one day after the film was released in local theaters April 24.
Teatro de Dapitan, a theater in nearby Dapitan City, has told ABS-CBN that they will be filing legal complaints for this action, including allegations that OCT violated the country's Anti-Camcording Act of 2010. The theater's legal counsel, Chebeelyn Balucan, said that OCT has aired pirated films before.
"There are many aspects of the case that we are considering. Wednesday we contacted the production because several violations were being done in that particular act of airing," said Balucan.
Dipolog City Police are aware of the "incident" according to officer-in-charge Hartzel Billedo.
The Philippine government's Optical Media Board released a statement saying that the cable provider could face charges, and has issued a "show cause" order for OCT to explain why piracy charges should not be filed.
"Orient Cable is facing possible administrative and criminal charges for violations of Republic Act 9239 otherwise known as the Optical Media Act of 2003," the Optical Media Board's statement read.
The charges reportedly carry a possible 6-year prison sentence and a fine of 1.5 million Philippine pisos (roughly $28,900 U.S.) per violation.