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Jakarta Post

Millions lost through piracy

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, May 7 2009   /  09:20 am

A decision by the United States to place Indonesia back on the Priority Watch List due to widespread copyright infringements nationwide may not be without justification, with more than 550 million pirated CDs and DVDs traded on the black market in 2008, causing Rp 1.4 trillion (US$132 million) in losses. The country was commended in 2006 when a US trade representative removed Indonesia from the Priority Watch List and praised the government's commitment to fighting piracy. Data at the Indonesian Recording Association (ASIRI) shows the number of CDs and DVDs illegally copied in 2008 was up 25 percent from the nearly 445 million in 2007, causing 27 percent less in potential tax revenues than in 2007. Last month, the Justice and Human Rights Ministry announced that software piracy alone has deprived the state of nearly $90 million in potential tax revenues in the past few yea...