Tuesday, July 17, 2012

ISPs in Indonesia plan to block illegal downloads

The Indonesian Internet Service Provider Association (APJII) has 200 ISP members through which the country's 30+ million internet users surf the web. It announced last week that it plans to start blocking websites that enable illegal music downloading. Click the links to see previous Indonesia posts on iTunes and on government attempts to tackle the issue.

The reason APJII’s chairman, Semmy Pangerapan said, is to assist the local music industry which suffers seriously from piracy. "The process will be similar to the clearing house, where we close access to unauthorized content, so local music will be more appreciated,” he said at the APJII conference in Denpasar, Bali last week.

APJII will provide members will with a platform to control copyright, along with payment gateways and content aggregators. If a customer downloads pirated music, the ISP will receive a notice requesting they block the content. It is not yet clear when this will start. Indonesia does successfully block some adult content so this may be a viable option.

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