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Signature of batik painters on their work equals copyright
Jun '11
It is the moral right of the batik artists to put their names on their work, according to Mr. Budi Suratno, Chief of the Classification and Examination Sub-Directorate, Directorate General of Intellectual Property (HKI), under the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, Government of Indonesia.

Speaking on the sidelines of a batik seminar in Yogyakarta, Mr. Suratno added that though the main aim was to acknowledge the painters, the designers should also grant their consent to this decision. Since many people are involved in the batik creation process, the observance of this practice is optional.

Mr. Rahardi Ramelan, a technology and policy expert, said that rather than registering a creation under HKI, it is more economical to apply the name of the artist on a product like batik, as signature of an artist is also recognized as a form of copyright.

Chairman of the Yogyakarta Indonesian Textile Association, Mr. Jadin C. Djamaludin exclaimed that unlike other regions that manufacture printed batik, Yogyakarta still engages in production of hand-painted batik, which is a source of livelihood for thousands of people. In Imogiri alone there are over 250 batik painters, he added.

However, he said that besides copyright, the issue of welfare of the artists also remains an important concern, particularly in view of the high value that the batik collectors and affluent people attach to the work of these batik artists.

Editor's note-All creative work can easily be identified by applying the name and signature of the artist on it. At the same time, there has to be a strict vigil to counter any possibility of fake items being sold at higher prices by adding the name or signature of renowned artists.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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