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Thailand Remains on the US Priority Watch List for Copyright Violation



Phuket Shop Owner having good seized by Police - Photo Phuket Gazette

Phuket Shop Owner having good seized by Police – Photo Phuket Gazette

BANGKOK – Thailand remains on the Priority Watch List (PWL) category under Section 301 of the U.S. Trade Act despite the kingdom’s increased effort in eradicating copyright violation, according to deputy director general of the Department of Intellectual Property (DIP), Kullanee Issadisai.

She said there are 10 countries listed under the PWL categories comprising Algeria, Argentina, Chile, China, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Russia, Venezuela and Thailand.

The main reason hindering the nation’s copyright infringement eradication efforts is the legal loopholes in Thailand’s justice system that allow violators, such as pirated movie sellers, and land or shopping mall owners who allow vendors to continue operating their illegal businesses, to repeat the offenses, Ms. Kullanee said.

Besides, Thailand lacks tough enforcement and harsh punishment in the areas of local internet acts, business secret protection codes, and customs law related to imported goods.

The United States Trade Representative demands that Thailand urgently seek solutions to the unfair use of commercial patents, especially in medicine and agricultural chemical products, she said.

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