Pattaya Daily News

10 July 2008 :: 16:07:29 pm 11009

Police Seize Copyright Violators

A joint team of Economy and Technology Police (Ecotec-police), local police and tourist police seized copyright violation products, on July 9,2008, at three well known department stores in Pattaya after the US government had blacklisted Thailand.
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At 3 pm, on July 9, Pol.Maj.Gen. Kovit Wong-rungrot, commanding officer of the Economy and Technology Police along with Pol.Col. Sathit Chayapob, deputy commander Ecotecpolice, and Pol.Col.Nirandorn Luem-sri, superintendent Ecotecpolice, co-operated with Pol.Col. Nopadol Wongnom, Pattaya superintendent and Pol.Lt.Col.Suwan Un-anan of the Tourist police, to conduct a joint search of both branches of Mike Shopping Mall and Modern Central Pattaya, which was selling copyright violation products.

At the first location, the main Mike Shopping Mall on Pattaya Beach Road, police found booths selling clothes, bags, and jewellery copies of top brand names, such as Ferrari, Louis Vitton, Camel, Lacoste, Armani etc. Most booths were mainly on the ground floor. Police managed to arrest 4 sellers before the rest of them fled. Ten thousand copied products were confiscated.

At the other branch of Mike Department Store on the Beach Road, although most wrongdoers had fled, police also confiscated a number of copyright violation products. At the third location, Modern Central Department Store, located nearby, police arrested 7 sellers and also confiscated copied clothes, jewellery and bags. The value of the products confiscated from all three department stores was worth around Bt20 million, in total.

Pol.Maj.Gen. Kovit announced that he had been commanded by Pol.Lt.Gen. Wuthi Bua-wes, Deputy Police Commander-In-Chief, to suppress and arrest copyright violators all around the country, subsequent to the US government blacklisting of Thailand, China, India and Pakistan for copyright infringements. Initially, the US categorized Thailand as a Watch List (WL) country, but as there had been manufacturing and wide scale sales of copied products, lately, the US has changed the status to Priority Watch List (PWL).

Accordingly, Thailand has been given a bad name internationally and might lose commercial rights with the US in 2009. Therefore, police are redoubling their efforts to suppress and arrest as many culprits as possible, especially in tourist centres, such as Bangkok, Pattaya, Chonburi, Phuket, Chiang Mai and other tourist locations around the country in order to lower the watch level of the US. This might help to reduce the numbers of copyright violation products and the authorities will have to keep a close eye on culprits to prevent them from reoffending.

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Crime News

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