Tuesday, April 26, 2011

World IP day in Indonesia

April 26 marked World IP Day and Jakarta saw a ceremony at the Presidential palace.


Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono spoke on the need to encourage creativity and innovation. In an interesting diversion he queried the correct  translation of IPR as to whether bahasa correctly characterised IPR as private property that cannot be hijacked. In the newspapers, the local music industry association ASIRI, continued to complain of copyright piracy and the media reported on Indonesia's low rating by the USTR due to IPR violation.

Meanwhile the reportedly excellent IPR stakeholder workshop in Bali in late March is being much discussed. Organised by the US DoJ's ICITAP program, it led to some impressively frank conclusions about the poor state of IPR protection in Indonesia. It is hoped some follow up will lead to more concrete reforms. Attendee photo below.

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