Indonesia's music industry loses $1.65M a day from online piracy

Indonesia's music industry loses $1.65M a day from online piracy

Summary: Illegal music downloads are causing the country's record companies to bleed with lower CD sales and local artistes are not helped by a complex copyright registration system.


Indonesia's music industry is facing up to a daily loss of 16 billion rupiah (US$1.65 million) a day due to illegal online downloads, and the country's complex patent registration system is not helping the situation.

Citing figures from the Indonesian Record Industry Association (AIRI), The Jakarta Post reported last Saturday that rampant online piracy has undermined the local music industry.

No less than 6 million people each day would illegally consume music content and this has resulted in sharp decline in the sale of music CDs, with only 11 million copies sold in 2012 compared with the annual average of 90 million copies several years back, it noted.

Euis Saedah, director general of small and medium-sized enterprises at the Industry Ministry of Indonesia, said while the government's anti-piracy campaigns were launched 13 years ago, people's awareness of intellectual property rights (IPR) remained low.

The situation is not helped by a complex IPR system for which local artistes can obtain copyright for their literary and artistic works. The report noted the process for filing copyright locally is done via a complicated paper-based registration, and Suryani Motik, chairman of the Indonesian Indigenous Entrepreneurs Group, said it could take about 18 months to obtain the copyright or patent.




Topics: Piracy, Government Asia, Legal

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  • Funny, They Claim These "Losses" From Piracy...

    ...yet those figures never appear on their actual profit-and-loss statements.

    Wonder why they don't tell the same story to their own accountants--and the tax department--that they are trying to get the rest of us to believe...
  • Indonesians a victim again, LOL

    Well said Ido17, also how is it that they talk about all they lose locally but never talk about how much the Indonesians steal from the Worldwide community due to online piracy?
    Dewi Thompson
  • it is a lie

    it is a lie, even EU finds piracy helps music and movie industry!

    this is only a tool to suppress freedom, watch out, vote for completely different parties to change anything in at least 0,0005 %
  • Industry numbers are like:

    "Hey there are 1 million pirate copies, we just lost for piracy 1 million x $10-$30".
    Like if all pirates out there were ready to spend that money if they had to pay for it...
  • the country's complex patent registration system is not helping the situati

    sad but true