Dr.Rina Shahrullah and Dr.Elza Syarief of Universitas Internasional Batam (UIB) presented their research paper in the International Conference on Trade, Business, Economics and Law at Harvard University in USA on 24 April 2017. Their paper entitled Combatting Pirated VCDs/DVDs In Batam City, Indonesia: “Facts And Expectations”. The research paper discusses that piracy levels in Indonesia are among the highest in the world, at an 85-95% range for all industry sectors. Among other Indonesian cities, Batam City remains a haven for pirated VCDs/DVDs. It questions the reasons why the people of Batam buy pirated VCDs/DVDs in addition to provide solutions for the effective implementation of the Copyright Law. It finds that even though most of Batam society understands that pirated VCDs/DVDs constitute a violation of the Copyright Law, they still buy them because newly released foreign movies can be purchased at lower prices. In order to prevent or minimize the copyright infringement, the law enforcers should establish best practice by imposing optimum penalties on the perpetrators. The Batam City government should engage the community to combat the sale and production of pirated VCDs/DVDs by raising public awareness regarding the implementation of the new copyright law and imposing strict penalties on the violators.
The two lecturers also took the opportunity to visit Sharia Source at Harvard Law School. Based on the discussion with Ms.Sharon Tai, the Research Editor, they got information regarding the functions of Shariasource. According to Ms.Tai, the Sharia Source isa platform to house primary sources of Islamic law. It serves generally interested readers through a blog, newsletter, and special events. SHARIAsource adheres to common principles of academic engagement including attention to diverse perspectives, peer-reviewed analysis, and the free and open exchange of ideas on Islamic law.