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Bekraf to form task force to combat piracy

Ni Nyoman Wira
Ni Nyoman Wira

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Sat, September 15, 2018  /  07:33 pm
Bekraf to form task force to combat piracy

Bekraf wants to fight against piracy websites, especially ones that spread links to illegal streaming sites. (Shutterstock/File)

The Creative Economy Agency (Bekraf) is set to form a task force with a number of institutions to fight piracy this year.

The task force is said to consist of Bekraf, the Communications and Information Ministry, the Intellectual Property Directorate General, the Prosecutor’s Office and the police. The agency aims to facilitate people in reporting piracy sites and connecting them to related institutions. Bekraf will also remind those institutions to process the report thoroughly.

“The task force will provide a channel for the public to submit their report,” said Ari Juliano Gema, Bekraf’s deputy head for intellectual property rights facilitation and regulation, during Indonesia Film Business Outlook 2019 on Thursday, Sept. 13, in Central Jakarta. “Our job is to divide the task. If there's a report of a website with illegal content, the person with said information will be directed to the ministry. Meanwhile, if it’s about a certain person, then it’ll be directed to the police.”

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Moderator Ruth Damaihati (left), Bekraf director of research and creative economy development Wawan Rusiawan (second  left), Bekraf deputy head for intellectual property rights facilitation and regulation Ari Juliano Gema (center), Indonesian Film Board head of film funding and facilitation field Agung Sentausa (second right) and Fauzan Zidni, chairman of the Association of Indonesian Film Producers (Aprofi), during a session at Indonesia Film Business Outlook 2019 on Thursday, Sept. 13, at Artotel Thamrin, Central Jakarta.Moderator Ruth Damaihati (left), Bekraf director of research and creative economy development Wawan Rusiawan (second left), Bekraf deputy head for intellectual property rights facilitation and regulation Ari Juliano Gema (center), Indonesian Film Board head of film funding and facilitation field Agung Sentausa (second right) and Fauzan Zidni, chairman of the Association of Indonesian Film Producers (Aprofi), during a session at Indonesia Film Business Outlook 2019 on Thursday, Sept. 13, at Artotel Thamrin, Central Jakarta. (JP /Ni Nyoman Wira)

Ari said each institution had agreed to form the task force, though they would need further discussions regarding the memorandum of understanding, as well as their functions and duties. “It is targeted to be established this year,” he said.

Inspired by other ministries' task forces, such as the Illegal Levy Eradication Task Force (Saber Pungli)  from the Office of the Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister, Ari felt certain that the task force would yield potential results if the institutions cooperate.

In 2016, Bekraf founded a task force to help creative economy entities protect their intellectual property rights. However, some said the result was far from satisfactory.

Moreover, the agency does not have authority as a prosecutor or law enforcement. “What we can do is try to help people whose intellectual property rights have been violated,” Ari said. (wng)

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