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15 September 2010 :: 17:09:13 pm 38771

Thailaind Stage Copyright Infringement Burn-off in Bangkok

Thai authorities on Wednesday destroyed over 600,000 items in violation of intellectual property rights laws following the completion of court cases pertaining to the seized items, according to authorities.
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Bangkok, the 15th of September 2010: The Intellectual Property Department in collaboration with the Commerce Ministry and Royal Thai Police burnt some 613,374 items ruled against intellectual property laws, with an estimated combined value of approximately Bt2.2 billion.

Presiding over the ceremony, Deputy Commerce Minister Alongkorn Ponlaboot advised that this is the third instance of its kind to have been undertaken this year alone, with over 90-tonnes of copyright infringement materials having been destroyed.

Included in Wednesdays burn-off were 129,270 items seized by the Economic and Cyber Crime Division (ECD), 40,803 by the Metropolitan Police Bureau, 91,659 by Provincial Police Regions, 202,621 by the Thai Customs Department and 149,021 items from the Department of Special Investigations (DSI).

All illegal items were destroyed in accordance with international procedures, using an environmentally friendly ‘co-current’ rotary kiln or furnace, while certain items were destroyed and sent for recycling.

Mr. Ponlaboot emphasised the Thai government’s implicit focus on cracking down on violations of intellectual property and copyright infringement laws, explaining that more restrictive measure recently introduced by the government are proving effective.

In conclusion, the Deputy Commerce Minister added that he was confident that Thailand’s progress at outlawing the aforementioned items would soon see the nation omitted from the U.S. governments Watch List for intellectual property infringements.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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