The Format Recognition and Protection Association (FRAPA), an Amsterdam-based television format industry group, has created a new registration service for its members, in a bid to protect formats from piracy.
The FRAPA Registration System (FRS), due to launch at the organization’s bi-annual meeting at MIPCOM in Cannes on Sunday (October 6), will allow members to register their formats in a safe manner.
“As legislation in many countries isn’t sufficient to adequately protect formats, this service is of major importance,” said Patty Geneste (pictured), FRAPA chair and Absolutely Independent CEO, in a statement. “It’s important to mention that the FRS database is legally protected in such a way that safety of data is ensured.”
“With this FRAPA Registration System the organization proves once more that it is a major player in the format business,” added David Lyle, National Geographic Channels CEO and FRAPA director and co-founder.
Founded in 2000 to strengthen the legal protection of formats, FRAPA combats TV format piracy, mediates disputes and issues market reports. The group launched a digital online registry for members and non-members in 2005. It now contains more than 300 format concepts.