Indonesia Ranked Third on Software Piracy
Tuesday, 29 August, 2006 | 16:57 WIB
TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta: Indonesia is third with regard to software piracy compared to the previous rank of 5, President Director of Microsoft at Indonesia Tony Chen said during a press conference after meeting with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono yesterday (28/8).
According to Tony, around 87 percent of software utilized in Indonesia are the pirated version. “We are demanding that the government uphold the law,” Tony said. He went on to say that the piracy has resulted in a financial loss of US$187 million.
Tony has denied that the piracy has been going on since the software are so expensive that people cannot buy them. Microsoft, he said, has sold many of its products with a 90 percent discount for users at the university.
State Minister for Information and Communication Sofyan Djalil has stated that the government is really concerned with software piracy in Indonesia. The government, he has added, has formed a national team for handling software piracy under the coordination of Widodo A.S, the Coordinating Minister for Politics, Law and Security Affairs.