(8 Jan 2024) Kompas Gramedia, a major Indonesian conglomerate with a robust book publishing unit, is exploring the potential of blockchain technology to tackle the persistent issue of online content piracy. Adi Ekatama, the publishing director of the Group of Retail & Publishing (GoRP) division, expressed optimism that blockchain, particularly non-fungible tokens (NFTs), could play a pivotal role in safeguarding intellectual property rights.
A 2021 survey by the Indonesian Publishers Association (IKAPI) revealed that over 75 percent of surveyed publishers, out of more than 130, found their books pirated and sold. The company’s proactive stance stems from the realization that relying on marketplaces or governmental regulations alone is insufficient. Ekatama emphasized that reporting infringements led to takedowns, but sellers faced no consequences and simply reestablished new stores.
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