Jakarta – Director General of Intelellectual Property (DG of DGIP) Freddy Harris, invited musicians, composers including Ahmad Dhani, Anji, Adhe Govinda, as producers of phonograms in Indonesia to discuss a long standing problem about royalty.
The issue comes up in the discussion between Director of Trademark and Geographical Indication, Nofli and Head of Regional Office of MoLHR of North Maluku Province, Husni Thamrin and Head of Legal Affairs Division of Gorontalo Province, Roberia, on 31 August 2020 at DGIP, Rasuna Said, South Jakarta.
“It is very ironic that several social media have not been able to protect the moral rights of authors. When authors send complains or protest, they presume that we do not understand the digital industry,” said Doabadai Hollo or widely known as Badai of Ex Krispatih on Tuesday, 25 August 2020 at Oemar Seno Adji Great Hall, Ex Sentra Mulia Building, Rasuna Said, Kuningan, South Jakarta.
“Most people assume that published songs or music would belong to the society,” he continued.
Freddy Harris said that DGIP as the authorized government institution to administer with intellectual property rights would be ready to facilitate the establishment of music and song database to resolve such problem.
According to him, high-end database is expected to assist the National Collective Management Organization (National CMO) to define the amount of royalty collection and distribution.
“Therefore, we are willing to build the machine, and later on we will hand over the machine to you [National CMO]. It would not be a proble for the government to provide the machine, said Freddy.
In order to support the intention, currently government is also preparing the regulation through Government Regulation governing the mechanism of the database, which begins from the data searching of authors, singers, and phonogram producers to the calculation of the percentage of collected royalty.