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POSTED | 17:45 PM | 21-02-2017

Counterfeit goods cause $4.82 billion loss in Indonesia

Counterfeit products are still rampant in the Indonesian market and cause a total loss of Rp 65.1 trillion (US$4.82 billion) to the national economy, a study by the Indonesian Anti-Counterfeiting Society (MIAP) claims.

The government also suffers a Rp 424 billion loss in taxes on software sales, according to the study conducted by MIAP in cooperation with the University of Indonesia’s Economics School.

The four largest fake product categories in the market are printer ink (49.4 percent), clothes (38.9 percent), leather products (37.2 percent) and software (33.5 percent), The Jakarta Post reported on Tuesday (Feb 21, 2017).

MIAP Secretary-General Justisiari P Kusumah said the economic losses could be prevented if all stakeholders -- producers, sellers, law enforcement authorities and consumers -- cooperated to fight against such products.

She praised the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit (DCU) team that had started to take action against outlets selling fake Microsoft software.

Meanwhile, Linda Dwiyanti, consumer channels group director of Microsoft Indonesia, said within three months of operation, Microsoft DCU identified 23 vendors selling fake software online.

She said Microsoft Indonesia had filed a lawsuit against three of them in cooperation with MIAP and the government. “Our goal is to protect customers from the danger of using fake software,” Linda said as reported by on Tuesday.

In February, a number of sellers in Surabaya, Jakarta and Bandung offered an apology for selling fake software and admitted to wrongdoing.


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