Copyright law in Indonesia: from a hybrid to an endogenous system?

Christoph Antons*

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Indonesia’s copyright system has its roots in the Dutch colonial period, but has been thoroughly changed since the introduction of the country’s first own copyright law in 1982. While initial reforms still showed the influence of the Dutch copyright tradition, increasingly principles derived from Anglo-American copyright literature came to be included. Further parts of the legislation relate to specific domestic concerns, thus leading to a hybrid model of different copyright traditions with specific Indonesian features. However, Indonesia stands not only between different copyright traditions, but is also seeking to balance an assertive position as a strong player in copyright and the creative industries with a traditional feeling of relative insecurity with regards to foreign derived laws protecting intellectual property.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCopyright, property and the social contract
Subtitle of host publicationthe reconceptualisation of copyright
EditorsJohn Gilchrist, Brian Fitzgerald
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer, Springer Nature
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9783319956909
ISBN (Print)9783319956893
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • copyright law
  • Indonesia
  • law reform
  • Berne Convention
  • traditional cultural expressions
  • licensing


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