Thailand to Crackdown on Online Sales of Pirated Products

Thailand to Crackdown on Online Sales of Pirated Products
Legal loopholes, the cost of investigations, fears of violence -- and the sheer quantity of fake goods -- enable them to publicly offer their wares
Legal loopholes, the cost of investigations, fears of violence — and the sheer quantity of fake goods — enables seller to publicly offer their wares

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BANGKOK – Thailand’s intellectual property chief has reported that the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society’s bill to tackle the online sales of pirate products should take effect in the beginning of next year.

Thosapone Dansuputra, acting director-general of the Intellectual Property Department, said on Wednesday that drafting of the ministry’s new computer act was well underway.

The bill will include provisions for legal action against violators of intellectual property rights on the internet, and the power to stop the violation at once.

Sales of pirate products are common on Facebook and at flea markets. The level of intellectual property violation could be bigger than the illegal copying of movies in theatres, Thosapone said.

The drafting of legislation to tackle internet-based piracy was in response to a request from the United States, Mr Thosapone said.

By Phusadee Arunmas | Bangkok Post

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