Thu, 29 Mar 2007
From: Tempo Interactive
By Thursday, 29 March, 2007 | 13:04 WIB
TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta: Internet kiosk, or Warnet entrepreneurs have objected to continue the computer legalization agreement with Microsoft.

The “Microsoft software rental agreement” (MSRA) has been going on for a year.

Rudi Rusdiah, Head of the Telematics Community Warnet Entrepreneurs Association, said that MSRA does not provide value added for Warnet entrepreneurs.

This is because, after signing the agreement, a lot of Warnets disappeared.

“The benefits are almost none. Instead, Warnets must always be checked although there have been no reports to the police,” said Rudi in Jakarta yesterday (28/3).

Warnet entrepreneurs also experience difficulty in selling computers and software when they have to close down the business.

This is despite them needing funds to run other businesses.

“We do business in Indonesia but we must obey US law,” said Rudi.

Warnet entrepreneurs are of the opinion that it is better to purchase software at market price.

They have said they will not continue the agreement if Microsoft does not change the provisions that result in losses.

According to Anti Srihartati Suryaman, the PT Microsoft Indonesia's License Compliance Manager for Small Midmarket Solutions and Partners, Microsoft does not force Warnets to sign the MSRA.

“It's their right not to continue the agreement,” she said.

The agreement, she said, was the solution to the right to lease computers in order to fulfill legal aspects as Warnet businesses.

“We also help the administration process,” said Anti.

MSRA is given to Warnets that use original software and the approval process is free of charge.

Eko Nopiansyah



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