As a country with a long literary history which its ecosystem keeps on growing and developing, a more supportive and healthier literacy environment should be established. The fourth programme pilllar of Jakarta World Book Capital 2022 emphasizes on strengthening the ecosystem of Indonesian book industry and the role of government policy on publishing, reading, and book culture.
According to a study conducted by the Central Connecticut State University, Indonesia came second as the world’s least literate nation out of 61 measurable countries. The study might only based its ranking on literate behavior characteristics, yet the results function as a comparison indicator for Indonesia with the five top-rank Nordic countries: Finland, Norway, Iceland, Denmark and Sweden. Those countries have long been known for their quality education system.
John Miller, the president of the Central Connecticut State University commented as knowledge increasingly becomes a product as well as a tool, the economic welfare of any nation will be ultimately and inextricably tied to the literacy of its citizens.
Problems of distribution, availability and access to books, as well as book piracy are several of persisted issued in book industry. To address them, government policy is strongly needed, especially to ease book access for people living in the outer and remote islands. In terms of economic, the government should issue and implement regulations that aims to reinforce book industry chain and support any efforts taken by stakeholders and the community.
Besides being one among several countries to sign Bern Convention, the government of the Republic of Indonesia has stipulated several regulations on book publishing industry:
Minister of Finance Regulation No. 5 of 2020 on Exemption of Book Value-Added Tax
Head of Curriculum and Book Center Decree No. 15193/H3.3/PB/201 on Appointment of Knowledge, Skills, Personality, Learning Enrichment Books and Educator’s Guide as Non-Text Books
Law No. 3 of 2017 on Book System
Law No. 28 of 2014 on Copyrights
Law No. 43 of 2007 on Library
Law No. 4 of 1990 on Handover of Print and Recorded Works
Copyright and Anti-Piracy Socialization
An education program for the public on the importance of protecting copyright and combating anti-piracy in book stalls in Blok M Square, universities, and discussion forums.
Reproduksi Cipta Indonesia Association
The movement to buy original books initiated by the 17 Thousand Islands of Imagination Foundation to support bookkeepers to remain productive and to educate the public about copyright. The main objective of this program is to support the growth of the book industry
17 Thousand Islands of Imagination Foundation
Anti-piracy campaign conducted with publishers and Intellectual Property Consultant Association (AKHKI) and the Arbitration and Mediation Board of Intellectual Property Rights (BAMHKI) at book sales centres in Jakarta
Copyright Concern Forum, Literacy Division
Campaign through ipusnas.id by cooperating with writers and artists to read official digital books on the ipusnas digital book reading application.
National Library of the Republic of Indonesia
Book Piracy Case Hearing
Hearings with Bareskrim or law enforcement organizations in Indonesia for supports and cooperation in combating book piracy.
IKAPI and Copyright Concern Forum
Anti-pirated Digital Books Campaign
Social media campaigns on Instagram to challenge the distribution of pirated digital books.
Anti-Piracy Law Enforcement
Efforts to encourage the issuance and enactment of Regional Regulations or Governor Decrees of DKI Jakarta on the enforcement of piracy of creative content law, prohibition of buying and selling pirated books in all literacy activities supported by the Provincial Government, and the obligation to report pirated goods or pirated products transaction
Jakarta WBCC Committee and DKI Jakarta Provincial Government
Legal Protection for Copyrights Owners
This program will be realized through collaboration with legal aid institutions to provide legal offense support to copyright owners whose work is subject to piracy
Jakarta WBCC Committee, Directorate General of Intellectual Property and Legal Aid Institutions, and legal aid institutions
Technical Guidance for Handling Copyright in the Book Industry
Technical guidance for book shareholders to provide knowledge related to tactical strategies that need to be done to handle cases of copyright infringement.
Tourism and Creative Economy Service, IKAPI DKI Jakarta