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SYDNEY — Australian actor Roy Billing received the Motion Picture Association Asia-Pacific Copyright Educator Award Thursday evening at CineAsia, in recognition of his contribution in working alongside the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft and raising awareness of the damage caused by copyright theft to the Australian movie and TV industry.
Billing, an actor for four decades now, is best known recently for his starring role in hit TV drama Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities, and plays Chief Dufflepud in the upcoming The Narnia Chronicles: Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
He’s also starred in Aussie features, Charlie and Boots alongside Shane Jacobsen and Paul Hogan, Rabbit Proof Fence, Strange Bedfellows and Unfinished Sky, to name a few.
Billing has appeared in an anti-camcording trailer, headlined the MPA’s Asia-Pacific anti-camcording DVD, Make A Difference 3, spoken at a press conferences alongside Australian Federal Police and Customs, appeared in TV and radio interviews, and written op-ed pieces for the mainstream press.
Presenting the award, Frederick Huntsberry, COO Paramount Pictures praised Billing for “his significant work in promoting respect for screen copyright.”
“Roy has made a huge contribution to the well-being of our industry by helping to educate audiences about the need to value film and television content. His commitment, dedication and passion is an inspiration to many of his colleagues in the Australian industry,” Huntsberry said.
Billing told The Hollywood Reporter the award was an “unexpected honor.”
After seeing 750,000 pirated DVDs destroyed 18 months ago, including Underbelly, one of the best-selling Australian DVDs of all time, Billing said he realized how much piracy was impacting both his income and that of the production company’s that make the shows.
“Like any other enterprise, we work in an industry that requires costs to be recovered, wages paid, and hopefully, profits to be made and invested back into further ventures. Unfortunately the movie industry worldwide is under threat from copyright theft. Those who illegally camcord movies, copy and sell them as cheap DVDs, and who illegally download movies from the Internet, are jeopardizing the future of homegrown movies and TV shows,’ he said.
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