From the islands of Indonesia, the IP Komodo prowls South East Asia and beyond looking for succulent morsels of intellectual property news with the aim of to raising awareness of South East Asia's IP issues to help people understand this diverse region's IP complexities.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Jakarta's popular mayor targets IP crime
famous Tanah Abang market, supposedly the largest in SE Asia, is cleaning up its
act. Known for fake goods as well as a large range of other illegal activities, it is in the
sights of radical populist Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo. This is his second foray into
the IP area.
market is under renovation, following a dispute over control with local
businesspeople, but the Governor seems now firmly in charge. Governor Jokowi as he is known, is
on a mission to clean up Jakarta and he has also said this will include pirate
and counterfeit products. The renovation is the real driver with illegal hawkers
the first targets. Increasing Satpol public order office patrols aims to reduce
the general level of criminality too. The general consensus is that the IP benefits
are a knock-on effect.
in October Jokowi released a 'Governor Appeal' to Jakarta’s high end malls,
asking them to cease selling fake goods. In fact few high end malls do now sell fakes. This followed lobbying by copyright and
trademark associations of the Governor's office. He is regarded as one of the only bureaucrats making an effort to improve things.
The difficulty is that the Governor's office has
limited authority over IP crimes, and while he can do a lot to clean up the
image and on the ground activities in Jakarta, his office has no authority over
IP violations, which are criminal offences. At least someone is taking the
initiative however; the criminal authorities are as usual, largely