Saturday, August 6, 2011

Indonesian government takes on illegal music portals

The Jakarta Post announced last week that the Ministry of Communications and Information will kick off a campaign to deter illegal music file downloads. That follows a campaign to reduce access to pornographic content. Social Media platforms will be heavily used. They propose to block download sites as well as charge offenders for breach of the Electronic Transactions and Information  Law and Copyright Law.

They plan to target many of the Indonesian illegal music portals such as Gudanglagu and MP3Bear. However they quickly ran into problems when they discovered that many of the sites are just linkers or indexers, that is they identify where to download the music but don’t offer music to download themselves. As yet there haven't been any of the p2p music cases in Indonesia seen elsewhere (e.g. in China against Baidu and Yahoo China).

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