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Jakarta Post

Piracy hampers growth of local film industry

  • Indah Setiawati

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, January 15 2012   /  01:18 pm

Sellers of pirated DVDs have made some maneuvers to maintain their customers. Not only do they sell their illegal products for as cheap as Rp 7,000 (US 76 cents), but they also offer additional services, such as replacing poor-quality CDs with better copies.

A store in a narrow alley on Jl. KH. Syahdan in West Jakarta has an owner who saves your mobile phone number to let you know when your requested films arrive. Another store on another narrow alley recently went the extra mile by offering a DVD player to its buyers in a lucky draw.

“Please fill in your mobile phone number and address, so we can inform you if you win the drawing,” the female shopkeeper told a customer when The Jakarta Post was around.

Jakarta has become a heaven for pirated DVDs sellers, who somehow keep thriving without worrying about police raids. The police arrested 28 people and confisca...