London, 21 June 2006
When I prepare myself to go to London, everybody warn me to prepare an answer about piracy. As we all know that Indonesia is one of the biggest country with piracy in the world. So I prepare an answer that although there’s so much of piracy, the sales of original CD, cassette and ring back tone were good too. Although it’s better that there’s no piracy like in the UK (less than 1% and I never see pirated CDs here) but at least our sales in Indonesia was quite made me proud during the meeting with other 9 finalist of IYMEY music 2006 (Argentina, Nigeria, Poland, Morocco, India, Lebanon, Venezuela, Kenya and Estonia).
But from the sharing session about piracy in our each country, then I learned that in Lebanon after you finish making your album then you bring your master to all big pirates so they become a major distribution because in Lebanon, musician make money only from live performance and advertisement. Not making any money from CDs.
Wow, it so scary if Indonesia will become like that. We have to do something.
(this article was made during my trip to UK for the International Young Creative Entrepreneur of the Year 2006 competition held by British Council)