Indonesia ISPs mull blocking illegal music sites

The Indonesian Internet Service Provider Association says move helps operators expand legal music downloads and protect local music industry, according to report.

Indonesian Internet service providers (ISPs) are considering blocking users from accessing sites to download pirated music, but have yet to determine a timeline on when such measures will be introduced.

In a Jakarta Post report on Friday, it cited Semeul Pangerapa, vice chairman of the Indonesian Internet Service Provider Association (APJII), as saying the move will protect the local music business industry and help local ISPs expand their legal music download business.

The APJII plans to set up a platform similar to a clearing house to control intellectual and property rights, payment gateways and content aggregators. When a customer downloads pirated music , the ISP will be notified to block the content, the report said.

"This [blocking] will also educate people to respect copyright [law] ," Pangerapa said, who noted the censorship scheme is supported by the 2008 Law on Information and Electronic Transactions.