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Cablegate: Indonesia Ipr Update -- August 22, 2006

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SUBJECT: INDONESIA IPR UPDATE -- AUGUST 22, 2006

1. (SBU) Summary: Indonesian Government (GOI) officials are
gearing up for another meeting of the National IPR Task
Force. The Ministry of Industry (MOI) sent a letter to
optical disc factories warning them that unannounced
inspections will soon begin. A new DOJ-ICITAP senior
technical advisor has come on board and agreed with the MOI
on an operation plan for the next year. Indonesia's Police
Chief and Minister of Justice have teamed up to make an anti-
piracy video clip. End Summary.

National Task Force Moving Forward
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2. (SBU) Ministry of Trade Director for Bilateral
Cooperation I Sondang Anggraini told us that a National
Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Task Force working level
group met on August 14 and planned to meet again in
preparation for the Task Force's quarterly Echelon 1
(Director General level) meeting in early September.
Anggraini said that working level members have produced IPR
action plans for their respective ministries. They will
report progress to the Task Force's cabinet level members
every six months. While Anggraini apparently had copies of
the action plans with her, she did not share them with us.
She explained that some members of the Task Force felt
strongly that there should be more Indonesian ownership of
IPR enforcement, and that they wished to avoid the
perception that the Task Force was U.S.-led.

Monitoring Team Warns Factories
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3. (SBU) MOI Directorate General for Chemical, Agriculture
and Forestry Based Industry Director Tony Tanduk provided us
with a copy of an August 15 letter he sent to Indonesia's 27
registered optical disk (OD) factories. As promised, the
letter warns factories that the OD Factory Monitoring team
will soon begin periodic and unannounced factory visits in
accordance with the GOI's 2004 optical disk regulations.
The letter notes that the MOI expects the factories to
cooperate with the inspections and provide the Monitoring
Team with relevant production documents.

4. (SBU) One of two State Department-funded, DOJ-ICITAP IPR
senior technical advisors began work at the beginning of
August. The advisor has recently reached agreement with the
MOI Tony Tanduk on an operation plan for working with the
MOI OD Factory Monitoring Team. The plan calls for further
training, database improvements, a revised monitoring
checklist, and the establishment of monitoring teams in key
cities outside Jakarta. Jakarta and regional-based
recording industry (IFPI) representatives met on August 16
with DOJ-ICITAP directors, Econ officer, the DOJ-ICITAP
monitoring team senior technical advisor, and the candidate
for a second DOJ-ICITAP IPR senior technical advisor
position with the police.

Police Chief/Justice Minister Make Anti-Piracy Video
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5. (SBU) We reviewed a short Indonesian language anti-piracy
video clip that is expected to be aired on television in the
coming months. The video includes Indonesia's Minister of
Justice and Police Chief explaining that piracy is illegal
and noting the ill effects it is having on Indonesia's
artists and investment climate. The video also includes a
segment in which a Muslim cleric explains that piracy is
forbidden under Islamic law.

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