Thailand implements Copyright Act that grants online platforms the ability to remove pirated contents upon notification immediately

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Thailand has introduced a new Copyright Act that grants copyright contents that are illegally published online to be immediately removed from online platforms without filing a lawsuit, effective on Tuesday, August 23rd.

Sinit Lertkrai, Deputy Minister of Commerce, told the Associated Press that the new Copyright Act was put into effect today and allowed online platforms to legally remove pirated/illegal works from free online platforms immediately.

The Act will also extend the copyright protection term to a lifetime of a creator and for another 50 years after death. The penalties for pirates and illegal pirating equipment distributors are also intensified to build confidence among original entrepreneurs and investors while supporting the government’s soft power policy.

เริ่มใช้วันนี้ กม.ลิขสิทธิ์ใหม่ เปิดทาง เฟซบุ๊ก-ยูทูบ ถอดงานละเมิดออนไลน์ได้ทันที ไม่ต้องขึ้นร้องศาล
Sinit Lertkrai

The Deputy Minister added: “Online platform owners, such as Facebook and YouTube, can remove pirated works from their system immediately upon notification from the copyright owner without having to go through the court filing process.”

“The Act is also in line with the WIPO Copyright Treaty (WCT) in which Thailand has deposited its instruments of accession to and will become the 113th member from October 13th.” The Deputy Minister concluded.


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National News Writer at The Pattaya News from September 2020 to October, 2022. Born and raised in Bangkok, Nop enjoys telling stories of her hometown through her words and pictures. Her educational experience in the United States and her passion for journalism have shaped her genuine interests in society, politics, education, culture, and art.