Delegations from the Directorate General of Intellectual Property (DGIP) and the Crime Investigation Agency of the Indonesian National Police (Bareskrim Polri) attended “the 16th International Law Conference – IP Crime Conference” that was recently held on 25-27 September 2023 at Thon Arena Hotel, Oslo, Norway.
During the course of the conference, the DGIP held a bilateral meeting with the delegate from the Copyright Bureau of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Korea (MCST), which was led by Kajin Lee, the Deputy Director of Copyright Protection Division. Deputy Director Lee stated that Indonesia is an important partner for South Korea in the protection of copyright, especially in consideration of how popular South Korean cultural products such as K-Pop and K-Drama among Indonesian audience.
Both DGIP and MCST agreed to step up the level of their communication with a more concrete form by preparing a memorandum of understanding that would provide legal framework for further cooperation activities ranging from workshops, focus group discussions up to joint-investigations. It was planned that the MoU should be ready for signing by 2024. Aside from MCST, the DGIP has already established and currently maintains good relationship with the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) and Korean Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA).
Another bilateral meeting held by the DGIP delegate while in Oslo was with the International Federation of Phonographic Industry (IFPI). The Swiss-registered organization which is headquartered in London, UK, represents music recording industry worldwide with more than 8,000 members. According to Melissa Morgia, Director of Global Content Protection and Enforcement of IFPI, in the meeting with the DGIP delegate stated that Indonesia is an important partner considering that many of its members are having significant business interests in the country. Accordingly, her organization sees that establishing good contact and collaboration with Indonesia in terms of protecting the music recording industry as essential. Anom Wibowo of DGIP highlighted – among others – the creation of National Collecting Management Organization (LMKN) and the procedure to shut down infringing websites in cooperation with the Ministry of Communication and Information as examples of how serious Indonesia is in protecting creative industries, including music.
On the last day of the conference, the Indonesian delegate took the opportunity to pay a courtesy visit to the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia for the Kingdom of Norway on September 27, 2023. Led by Anom Wibowo, Director of Investigation and Dispute Settlement of the DGIP, the delegate was received in person by Teuku Faizasyah, Indonesian Ambassador in Oslo.
At the audience with the ambassador. the delegate reported a number of matters discussed in the Conference, which among others focused on the on the implication of new technologies such as metaverses as well as artificial intelligence towards the state of intellectual property protection. Aside from reporting on the conference, Anom also gave insight to Ambassador Faizasyah on the foundation of Intellectual Property Law Enforcement Operational Task Force (IP Task Force) that will be expanded to involve other ministries by 2024.