IT News Online – Indonesia Continues to Lead the Way in Site Blocking

ACN Newswire

JAKARTA/SINGAPORE, April 11, 2022 – (ACN Newswire) – The Coalition Against Piracy (CAP) tracks traffic to sites that have been blocked in Indonesia, as well as overall traffic to pirate sites and legitimate sites. The Indonesian government started blocking illegal sites in mid-2019 and by April this year, the total number of blocked sites in Indonesia had exceeded 3,500. The latest data from CAP also showed that traffic to all sites hackers in Indonesia had decreased by 75% in January this year compared to when tracking began in September 2019. Encouragingly, traffic to legitimate sites in Indonesia had also tripled over the same period.

The effectiveness of the blocking is supported by the latest YouGov consumer surveys conducted by CAP, in which more than 50% of Indonesian consumers say they have stopped or rarely access pirated services due to the blocking. Perhaps more importantly, 76% of Indonesian consumers say they are accessing more legal content and pirating less, and 26% say they have subscribed to legitimate sources as a result of illegal streaming sites being blocked. Blocking as an educational tool can also be evident in 95% of Indonesian consumers who agree that online piracy has negative consequences – the highest in the region.

Local film producer Edwin Nazir, Chairman of Asosiasi Produser Film Indonesia (APROFI) was greatly encouraged by the ongoing blocking efforts and positive traffic data. “It is through collective consciousness and continuous effort that we can fight piracy and move the Indonesian film industry forward,” Nazir said.

Matthew Cheetham, Managing Director of CAP, said, “Indonesia is leading the way in regulatory site blocking in the Asia-Pacific region, and indeed the world, and the Indonesian government is to be commended for taking a strong stance that he adopted in Local industry clearly benefits from the actions, as do consumers who not only are directed to legitimate content, but by being prevented from accessing pirate sites, they are also protected from the serious risks that studies previous CAP shows are inherent in accessing pirate sites.”

CAP’s latest YouGov consumer surveys show that while piracy continues to be a major concern in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly in Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines, where 61% of consumers admit to accessing pirated services in every country, blocking sites, and in particular government regulatory blocking, is having a noticeable effect in preventing consumers from accessing pirated content online.

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