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The National Legislative Assembly has voted to pass a new version of the Copyright Act, basically an amended version of the 2015 changes that brought in online infringement of copyright. The 2015 changes proved difficult to enforce so the new bill introduces a new scheme similar to the US copyright law the "Digital Millennium Copyright Act" which requires that a service provider must have a policy that provides for the termination of subscribers and account holders who have repeatedly infringed copyright law.

Under the new bill if a copyright owner has reasonable grounds to believe that their work has been on a computer system he or she can send a notice to the service provider to remove it. The owner must provide the notification in writing and contain information such as the name and contact information of the owner of the copyrighted material, identification of the copyrighted material as well as of the material that appears to be infringing the copyright and a statement that the information in the notification is correct. Once the online service provider receives this notice they must remove or disable access immediately and then notify the alleged infringer of the action. If the alleged infringer disputes the charge then the copyright owner has 15 days to file a lawsuit in court or the service provider must restore the content.

Additionally, the bill also introduces a new offense for a person who manufactures, sells, offers for sale, rents or offers for rent, imports or otherwise traffic in any technology, product, or service, that is primarily designed or produced for the purpose of circumventing a technological measure and has only limited commercial significance or use other than to circumvent a technological measure, or the technology is marketed for use in circumventing a technological measure.

The Eastern Economic Corridor project has seen the combined value of investments leap 122 percent year on year during the first half of 2018 to 180 billion baht. The Eastern Economic Corridor Policy Committee approved the expansion of the project from U-Tapao Airport to Rayong, Chanthaburi, and Trat, currently the feasibility study and design phase, and also approved the establishment of a committee to select private firms to co-invest in the digital park development project. The committee also reported that the aircraft maintenance center approved for U-Tapao will be sending out bidding invitations by September.

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Aug 12 2018 >> New Copyright Law allows for removal of online infringment
Aug 5 2018 >> Secondary tourism destinations see strong growth from international tourists
Aug 5 2018 >> Secondary tourism destinations see strong growth from international tourists
Jul 29 2018 >> Important news for Americans on the impact of the new Emergency Decree and Work Permit requirements
Jul 22 2018 >> International tourist arrivals hit 19.48 million in first six months of 2018
Jul 15 2018 >> Thailand in top 20 nations with high innovation development potential
Jul 8 2018 >> New regulations issued regarding work permits
Jul 1 2018 >> Phuket in top ten leisure destinations in Mastercard Global Destinations Index report
Jun 24 2018 >> Commerce Ministry looks to remove five services from Foreign Business Act restricted list
Jun 17 2018 >> New business registrations up 5 percent in May
Jun 10 2018 >> New regulations for digital asset exchanges issued
Jun 3 2018 >> Ministry of Labour considers removing some occupations from restricted list
May 27 2018 >> Second airports approved for Chiang Mai, Phuket
May 20 2018 >> New business registrations reach ten year high in April
May 13 2018 >> New BOI promotion incentives added for EEC
May 6 2018 >> Cabinet retroactively extends tax incentives for juristic persons registration
Apr 28 2018 >> Value of exports hit record high in March
Apr 22 2018 >> Domestic and foreign tourism numbers up for Songkran
Apr 15 2018 >> World Bank raises GDP forecast to 4.1 percent
Apr 7 2018 >> Foreign arrivals, domestic tourism expected to grow this Songkran holiday period
Mar 30 2018 >> New banknotes and coins to be issued April 6
Mar 24 2018 >> Thailand receives 7.1 million foreign visitors in January and February
Mar 18 2018 >> Jump in tourists expected for Songkran holiday
Mar 10 2018 >> Thai government will develop West Coast for high-end tourism
Mar 3 2018 >> New rules for landlords with 5 or more properties
Feb 24 2018 >> Tourism revenues grew over 10 percent in January
Feb 18 2018 >> Thailand is the Least Miserable Economy in the world
Feb 11 2018 >> Bangkok voted Best Destination City in Asia Pacific
Feb 3 2018 >> Thailand first in top countries to do business
Jan 26 2018 >> New business registrations reach 5 year high in 2017
Jan 20 2018 >> Applications for new 4 Year Smart Visa begin on February 1
Jan 14 2018 >> Thailand expects 400,000 Chinese tourists during Chinese New Year
Jan 6 2018 >> Consumer Confidence Index at 35 month high
Dec 30 2017 >> New 4 year professional Smart Visa expected to take effect this month
Dec 23 2017 >> Business registrations jump, exports reach 6 year high
Dec 17 2017 >> Applications for BOI priviliges in EEC rise
Dec 9 2017 >> E-commerce tax to be enforced for overseas companies
Dec 2 2017 >> New Minister of Tourism and Sports to focus on local communities
Nov 25 2017 >> BOI applications up, BOI privileges extended for the EEC
Nov 19 2017 >> Construction of first leg of high speed rail to Nong Khai expected to start next month
Nov 12 2017 >> Thai government plans to implement more reforms to ease doing business
Nov 4 2017 >> Thailand jumps to 26th in the World Bank's Ease of Doing Business report
Oct 28 2017 >> Women now make up 52% of visitors to Thailand
Oct 21 2017 >> Sunbelt Asia joins the nation in mourning HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej
Oct 14 2017 >> Low cost carriers expanding, tourist arrivals up
Oct 8 2017 >> New smartphone app for BOI work permit applicants
Oct 1 2017 >> Bangkok most visited city in the world
Sep 24 2017 >> International tourist arrivals up over 8 percent in August
Sep 16 2017 >> Pattaya tourism up 15 percent from last year
Sep 10 2017 >> Low cost carriers to expand routes once ICAO red flag lifted from Thai carriers

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