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Saturday, November 7, 2015

Indonesia's efforts to protect creative industries' IP

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Indonesia established a government agency called the Creative Economy Industry Agency ("BEKRAF") to foster and grow the sector. It covers 16 categories of creative industries, which are:

Music, crafts, publishing, fashion, culinary, advertising, movies, application software, games, performing arts, video animation, architecture and interior design, fine art, photography, visual communication design, TV and radio and product design.
 

Their top priorities are movies, music, and digital applications.
 
The Agency was established as a spin-off of the previous government's Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy as an independent government agency. Initially, the agency reported to the Ministry of Tourism but now it reports directly to the President.

After the BEKRAF Head's appointment in January 2015, the Agency appointed eight members of an executive team on July 2015. The House of Representatives has not yet approved their program budget, hindering any significant activities.

Despite that, BEKRAF's Head, Triawan Munaf, stated that they have been preparing several moves in terms of copyright protection in Indonesia.

a)     Establishment of an Anti-Piracy Task Force

The task force was established on August 2015. Their current plan is to press criminal charges against several repeat offenders of movie pirate websites.

b)     Development of Online Anti-Piracy Alert System

A collaboration with PT Telkom Indonesia, the Alert System is planned for websites that contain copyright infringement. The system will show pop up information to remind the user of the sanction for downloading illegal content. The pop-up will also include a link to sites that provide paid, licensed digital version of the content. The Alert System is expected to start operating on January 2016.

By Q1 next year, BEKRAF will likely be more active in anti-piracy and copyright protection efforts in Indonesia.  Of course the main problem in in Indonesia is the almost complete lack of law enforcement, but any alternative solutions are welcome, indeed alternatives like this will probably be the only means of enforcement in the foreseeable future


 

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