Not wanting as haven for intellectual property rights pirates

On October 2, 2012, a public hearing has been conducted for the U.S. General System of Preferences (GSP) Review of Country Practice based on Indonesian case No. 002-CP-11 IPR at the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Office, Washington DC. There were some issues brought forward by the USTR that put Indonesia back in the Priority Watch List (PWL) position, such as IP protection and enforcement in Indonesia which is deemed not effective and issue on market access of U.S. products to Indonesia; high online piracy, mobile device piracy , software piracy, copyrights text books, Physical Music, DVD and CD piracy; Regulation No. 1171/2011 of the Minister of Communications and Information concerning the closure of ring-back tones, which are well-intentioned but has negative impact of removing the source of revenue for the music industry; Customs valuation or import duty for audiovisual products that are considered as burdensome and inconsistent with the WTO Customs Valuation Agreement. Movies Act of 2009 with its implementing regulations that are considered to potentially limiting access for American movies until proposal on requirement for local replication of all theatrical prints and home videos in Indonesia to be permanently eliminated, and Law on Information and Electronic Transactions (ITE), which according to IIPA (International Intellectual Property Alliance) restricts the freedom of data transfers from one data center to another center overseas, especially with the existence of current cloud computing.

     In relation thereto, a meeting of Intellectual Property Infringement Management Team consisting of 40 representatives from various ministries and government agencies was held to particularly formulated the Special 301 Submission to strive hard to get Indonesia out of the priority watch list (PWL) established by the U.S. Trade Representatives as well as protecting Copyrights from piracy.

     Such meeting could encourage IP Infringement in Indonesia be proceeded to the Court and punish the pirates, and eventually alleviate Indonesia’s image and prove Indonesian as a reputable country to the international world.

Source: Public Relation of Indonesian DGIP/tm