Illegal copying of CD/VCD had been a frightening specter to Indonesian musicians. The way it had been, the government was regarded as indifferent about pirating of intellectual rights. However, although it was somehow too late, with determination, pirating of CD/VCD would be exterminated from the musical industry in Indonesia.
The Directorate General of HKI, Ministry of Law and Human Rights stated in Jakarta on Monday 20/5 expected students not to stop creating and strive to eradicate pirating. According to Ramli, pirating was one problem, another problem was collection of royalty. The government planned to set a guideline for singing of contract to ensure fairness and justice by one national royalty collector body commanding over other existing bodies. “We plead the public not to buy illegal copies of CD/VCD because it is not only a disadvantage to musicians but also to the state” Ramli remarked.
Ramli, who quoted data of the ministry of trade stated that the potential loss for the musical industry due to pirating might come to Rp4.5 trillion per year. He said that assuming per person consumption for music was Rp20, 000 per year, the total potential for musical consumption came to Rp5 trillion per year, but the portion to be benefited by the musicians was only 10% of the total potential and that was unfair. Therefore, he and some related institutions would continue to fight pirating in Indonesia. He stressed that he ad some other institutions shared the same responsibility to illuminate the public so pirating could be stopped because no consumer would buy illegal copies of records.
He said that favorable economic growth in Indonesia would uplift people’s purchasing power so they could afford to buy original and legal copies of records. Pirating of records had its direct negative impact on the state’s income. He pled consumers not to buy illegal copies at it would injure the entertainment industry and weaken national cultural resiliency.
Ramli called out the general public to appreciate works of art and creators in Indonesia by buying original copies of CD/VCD. Ramli was optimistic that Indonesia could be one of the giants in the global entertainment industry considering the high economic value. However such would never be attained if Indonesia consumers choose to buy illegal copies.
On the other hand, musicians complained that a regulation on copyrights in Indonesia was not reassuring enough to musicians to make them feel secure that their copyright was protected. Musicians were expecting that all regulations on copyright be more stringent. Many musicians were troubled by cases of copyright, individual musicians of the media which aired the artwork.
The above problem seemed to have no way-out. Music observer Bens Leo disclosed many things had to be reformed in the world of copyright. Not just the legal side but also the musician’s belief them selves about copyright. According to Bens many musicians had not registered their creations to the Indonesia creative foundation [KCI]. The result was dispute arose each time another musician claimed the copyright. (SS)
Business News - May 24,2013