Source: Elin Yunita Kristanti and Syahrul Ansyari, VivaNews

The government through Information and Communication Minister Tifatul Sembiring is planning to block music or movie websites offering free downloads which can be easily found in the internet.

“I’m expecting innovators and the industry to work hand in hand in an effort to produce phenomenal works. I think it’s a sin for the government to abandon creation of its people. I don’t wanna be a sinner. So, a strategy is needed,” said Tifatul today.

In addition to the possible ban, Tifatul explained, the perpetrators of illegal downloading could also face a penalty of 9-year imprisonment, or Rp3 billion of fine, according to Article 25 of Electronic Information and Transaction Law. Thus, the general public need to be more careful.

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