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Prosecutors Take Aim on Cyber crime

Jakarta 'Cyber Squatter' May be Jailed and Fined for Illegal Domain Destination. Will Some Bali Web Operators Follow Him to Jail?

(11/25/2001) Jakarta Prosecutors have demanded four month's jail and fines of Rp. 32 million (approximately US$3,200) against a Jakarta man who registered and used the domain names of competing companies. Mr. Tjandra Sugiono, a former manager of P.T. Martina Berto, has been charged by State Prosecutors under the Indonesian criminal code for fraudulent competition and for violating anti-monopoly statues in connection with his registration and use of the domain name of a competitor - P.T. Mustika Ratu. (www.mustikaratu.com).

A conviction may also open the way for Mustika Ratu to seek civil damages in support of their claim that they suffered revenue losses of over Rp. 10 billion (approximately US$ 1 Million) resulting from the misappropriation of their domain name.

The final outcome of the case may have far reaching implications with at least one Bali web Operator registering numerous company domains and then offering them for sale to the highest bidder via his Bali website. A conviction in the Jakarta case may pave the way for criminal and civil charges against unscrupulous e-commerce operators who unilaterally register the company names of tourism businesses in Bali.