The land of fake Rolexes, knockoff DVDs & counterfeit Viagra is discovering copyright & it is a shock for many Thais

In Thailand, Copyright Enforcement Comes as a Shock – WSJ, March 30, 2014
…Something similar happens in many countries, where broadcasters, live music venues and other establishments pay for the right to perform copyrighted songs. Now the Thai publisher, GMM Grammy, says its is preparing lawsuits to collect performance fees of up to $7,600 a year directly from artists to help offset losses from piracy and illegal downloads.
In some ways, this newfound litigiousness shows how Thailand’s economy is evolving to produce more sophisticated goods and services.
“Thailand is moving on from being an infringer to a victim,” says intellectual property attorney Suebsiri Taweepon, who has pursued dozens of cases at Bangkok-based law firm Tilleke & Gibbons…

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