New Copyright Law allows for removal of online infringment

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.

Work Permit

Any foreigner working in Thailand must obtain a Work Permit before beginning work. While a prospective employer may file an application on the foreigner’s behalf in advance of his starting work, the actual Work Permit will not be issued until the foreigner has entered Thailand in accordance with the immigration laws and has presented himself to receive his Work Permit.

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