Indonesia Blocked Popular File-Sharing Services Added: Friday, August 21st, 2015
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The country has been promising a strong response to online piracy for a few years already, and now it seems time for Indonesia to take action against two dozen services, including The Pirate Bay and IsoHunt. All websites were ordered by the Ministry of Communications to be blocked at the ISP level.
6 years ago, the US accused Indonesia of doing not enough to stop both physical and digital piracy and placed it on the USTR’s Priority Watch List for failing to protect the IP rights of American copyright owners. A couple years later, the Indonesian government promised to take tough measures, including block on the ISP level imposed on the most popular services in the country.
Over the years, Indonesia blocked such websites as Reddit, Imgur and Vimeo on decency grounds, and now it is finally taking action against copyright infringers.
Back in July, a Joint Ministerial Decree was signed, which ensured protection to movie producers. As a result, the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has ordered ISPs to block almost two dozen domains.
Along with the sites that irritate the US rights holders (like ThePirateBay.se and Isohunt.to), the rest of the blocked services are websites frequented mainly by locals. In the meantime, the government’s announcement indicated that local producer interests are also behind the blocking order. The announcement specifically mentioned famous martial arts movies The Raid and The Raid 2.
Director General of Intellectual Property explained he would receive future complaints and all the claims will be actioned within 24 hours. The authorities emphasized that protection of movies will be the priority, since they are the most at risk of piracy and violations of IP rights online. In the meantime, Minister of Human Rights and Justice also explained that blocking was the only solution due to the elusive nature of site owners.
It should be noted that some of the domains on Indonesia blocklist are currently down internationally as well, but the reasons for that are unclear. Despite taken measures, Indonesia remains on the USTR’s Priority Watch List, along with other countries, including Algeria, Argentina, Chile, China, Ecuador, India, Kuwait, Pakistan, Russia, Thailand, Ukraine, and Venezuela.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.
Friday, August 21st, 2015
|I doubt they downloaded my torrents anyway.|
But that's not the real issue.
Score another Victory for the Forces of MPAA,RIIA, ect. They are buying the world one place at a time.
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