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Jakarta Post

Indonesian music sales now 95.7 percent piracy

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, September 18, 2015   /  07:28 pm
Indonesian music sales now 95.7 percent piracy

Antara/Jessica Helena Wuysang

Pirated music has dominated music sales in Indonesia, with a 95.7 percent market share over the period from 2007 to today, which according to 2013 data from the Indonesian Association of Artists, Singers, Composers and Recording Businessmen (PAPPRI), has caused the industry losses of Rp 4 trillion (US$279 million) annually.

"The same thing happened to the film industry, where losses may have reached Rp 4.3 billion per film according to an estimation by the Association of Indonesian Film Producers [APROFI]," said the head of the anti-piracy taskforce at the Economy Agency (Bekraf) Ari Juliano Gema on Friday as quoted by Antara news agency.

Bekraf'€™s taskforce is currently cooperating with the National Police Criminal Investigation Corps (Bareskrim) to tackle the issue of piracy.

"All artists who feel they have been disadvantaged can report to Bareskrim by bringing two initial pieces of evidence to be processed," said Ari.

Bekraf reportedly plan to start an alert system for online piracy in January 2016.

The system, which was created in cooperation with state-owned telecommunications firm PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom), will be installed on various websites that feature pirated music and movie content.

Whenever users try to download illegal content, they will receive a notification, which will include information on the law they would be violating if they proceeded and the maximum sanction they would be facing, as well as links to other websites that provide legal downloadable content.

The taskforce is part of Bekraf's efforts to eradicate online piracy by handling complaints from copyright holders on all types of piracy, including offline. It is made up of Bekraf officials as well as a group of professionals from the music and film industries. (kes)

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