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FRAPA to launch registration service at MIPCOM

The Format Recognition and Protection Association (FRAPA) will launch a registration service in a bid to protect formats from piracy. (Pictured: FRAPA chair Patty Geneste)
October 3, 2013

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┬áthe 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.

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