About Piracy (lagi)
I’ve just read International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) 2009 Special 301 Report On Copyright Protection And Enforcement in their section about Indonesia. For comparison, I also read their section on Brunei, Thailand and Philipine. Indonesia are listed as their priority watch list about piracy. That’s interesting.
Some of their interesting remarks:
Piracy problems in Indonesia, including mall piracy, CD-R and DVD-R burning, mobile device piracy, book piracy, end-user piracy, illegal camcording, optical disc piracy, and pay TV piracy, remain severe, and the Internet has emerged as the latest frontier for pirates in Indonesia. As a result, piracy levels in Indonesia remained among the highest in the world in 2008. Piracy robs authors of their rights to a livelihood in Indonesia, and places illegal proceeds in the hands of organized criminals who have no regard for rights, and have been detected of engaging in other organized criminal behavior, such as trafficking in persons, illegal logging and illegal gambling. Promising enforcement efforts continued in 2008, particularly against end-user piracy of software and optical disc pirate production. Unfortunately, other problems remained unchecked. Lack of transparency in enforcement, and corruption in the enforcement process, e.g., leaks, payments by pirates, and interference in the prosecutorial process, mar enforcement efforts. The court system also remains largely unworkable due to a generally inexperienced judiciary and systemic failures which slow cases down or doom them to unsuccessful conclusions (with some exceptions). The government continues to place barriers in the way of legal copyright business, including a new unfortunate requirement to locally manufacture film prints and home videos in Indonesia. The U.S. and Indonesia have a Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) through which all of these issues should be more readily addressed and the U.S. Department of Justice presence in Indonesia has carried out helpful capacity building programs to foster better enforcement against copyright piracy in Indonesia.
Err, what? Let me read it again.
Piracy robs authors of their rights to a livelihood in Indonesia, and places illegal proceeds in the hands of organized criminals who have no regard for rights, and have been detected of engaging in other organized criminal behavior, such as trafficking in persons, illegal logging and illegal gambling.
Do they have better agent than we do so they can draw connection between piracy, human trafficking and illegal logging? Or they have a fantasy that we have a great Mafia Godfather with hands on anything illegal here?
There are other concerns that I found amusing. Like this :
Local Printing Requirement: On November 25, 2008, Indonesia’s Minister for Culture and Tourism issued a regulation requiring all theatrical prints and home video titles (e.g., on DVD) released in Indonesia to be replicated locally with effect from January 1, 2009. The Motion Picture Association has met with and written to the Minister of Trade opposing this requirement. IIPA opposes this requirement in the strongest possible terms since it severely interferes with the industry’s ability to engage in its business on free contractual terms. There are many concerns, chiefly among them being that existing local facilities are unable to handle both the volume and quality output requirements of the motion picture industry, and that the industry cannot be assured that all security issues have been properly identified and dealt with.
So, they refuse to reproducing material in Indonesia, that can reduce cost, that can reduce piracy. They claimed we have the ability to pirate in mass quantity and good quality, but don’t have the ability to mass producing legal content with good quality. They claim that there is security issues when our ingenius pirate can circumvents their useless security or DRM that imposed on their products. What with that arrogance and short-sighted view?
The second thing that I found amusing are their concern about restriction on foreign investment on Media and Broadcasting, limiting their ownership up to 20% cap. So what? Every country and state have some sort of protection for various market. US limit their export from China for crying out loud. US have regulation that prefer the big three automakers (Ford, GM, Chrysler) over imported car (the reason that those three ask for bailout are beyond me). What a greedy bastards.
And the most annoying concern are they try to intervere with our legislation. Trying to impose their own (and self-interest) policy that benefit them the most.
Piracy is wrong. But surely those greedy bastard make me want to pirate their products. And, They should try to be nicee with the wording if you want to gain support. They treat us like a nation without pride and imbicile goverment and impotent law-enforcer.
I am offended, we are worse than that. We are creative nation and simply refuse to follow their rules. 😆