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Jakarta Post

Pirated DVD business flourishing amid high demand

  • Hasyim Widhiarto

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, May 17 2010   /  10:59 am

Twenty-four-year-old Wiwit Purnamasari loves a good movie and is a fan of many  Hollywood actors, but she would never buy a legitimate DVD or go to the movie theatre.Instead of draining her monthly salary by watching new releases on the silver screen or by buying an original DVD, the resident of Cibubur, East Jakarta, prefers to buy pirated DVDs from street vendors or at shopping centers.“Why should we spend money on an original DVD if we can get similar sound and picture quality from a pirated copy?” the tax accountant told The Jakarta Post over the weekend.Wiwit said Blok M market in South Jakarta was her favorite place to hunt for pirated DVDs. On every visit, she said, she would buy four to 10 pirated DVDs. Every pirated DVD is sold for Rp 7,000 (77 US cents), which is around 10 times less than the average original DVD sold at authorized stores or a film sold at online store...