Licenses Required to Start a Publishing Company in Indonesia
Starting a publishing company in Indonesia requires an individual to have a business license as well as a certificate of registration. Official permission to carry out business activities in Indonesia is necessary before any business activities may be performed by the publishing company in question. Once all required licenses and certificates have been received, the publishing company may proceed to the step of registration with the National Press Council.
It is worth noting that Indonesia frequently reviews and updates its publishing and digital publishing requirements to curb the spread of illegal activity related to publishing in the country. Therefore, it is necessary for anyone who starts a publishing company in Indonesia to become more familiar with all requirements so that the establishment of the publishing company itself will grant much success to the business owner.
Authorities Overseeing Publishing Companies in Indonesia
There are two primary authorities which oversee publishing companies in Indonesia; one is an international body while the other is a local body. The international body is the International Publishers Association. The Indonesian Publishers Association is a member of this international body which is the world’s largest federation of publishing associations. The International Publishers Association protects the freedom to publish in every country in which it has a presence, including Indonesia.
The local body which oversees publishing companies in Indonesia is the National Press Council. The National Press Council is tasked with the responsibility of regulation of the publishing industry in Indonesia. It was originally established to assist the government of Indonesia with the development of the press as well as the publishing industry of Indonesia. Today, however, the National Press Council has a different but equally important role; that of defending the freedom of the press in Indonesia.
Laws Governing Publishing Companies in Indonesia
The laws in Indonesia which govern publishing companies find their sources from a combination of customary and colonial-era laws. These laws are necessary because anyone who chooses to enter the publishing industry must be able to ensure that the publishing business to be established will not be involved in the printing of prohibited documents or the infringement of the rights of any other people. There are several laws which govern the publishing companies of Indonesia. These important laws are to be followed by every publishing company in the country to prevent severe punishments from being imposed upon such companies. Among the most important laws which are related to the publishing companies of Indonesia are the Social Media Law, the Press Principal Provisions, the Independence of the Press Law, and the National Press Law. Companies involved in digital publishing must also adhere to the specifications stated in the Cybercrime Law.
The Press Principal Provisions are the oldest publishing laws in Indonesia. The Press Principal Provisions came into force in 1966. It is also worth mentioning that Indonesia is the first country in the world to have a law which governs the publishing of content on social media channels.
There are also publishing laws related to the licenses which must be possessed by any publishing company based in Indonesia. The primary reason behind the obtaining of a license is to allow the authorities to be able to monitor the business activities of the company, thus ensuring that it is not in violation of any other laws. Every publishing company based in Indonesia is required to have its own copyright. Indonesian publishing company owners must also see to it that their company does not illegally use anyone else’s copyright for their own products. Such an act is illegal; those found guilty will be at risk of fines or imprisonment.
Production of illegal documents is and might place the publishing company at fault at risk of revocation of licenses issued by the government as well as any communications and media authorities. Digital publishing companies must also be certain that they do not commit any crimes related to digital media. Such crimes which are punishable according to the laws of Indonesia include cyberbullying as well as the publication of false news.
Exposing of the government’s essential information by a publishing company to other countries places the country’s security at risk; therefore, Indonesia’s publishing companies are not permitted to do so. This law was put in place to ensure that the information which is only to be viewed by the Indonesian government as well as those to whom the government has granted permission remains strictly confidential.
Everyone who owns a publishing company in Indonesia is legally obliged to adhere to every one of the laws; anyone who does so will find that their company will receive much business success leading to an increase in overall profit levels.