Thailand’s Deputy Commerce Minister Alongkorn Phonlabutr will officially visit the US to discuss with US officials about upgrading Thailand from the current Priority Watch List (PWL) following the country’s serious efforts in continuing crackdown on intellectual property rights violations. [...]
From January to October 2009, Thailand prosecuted 6,731 intellectual property violation cases and seized more than five million exhibits, a 75 per cent increase from the same period in the previous year.
The crackdown indicates that Thailand is sincere about solving the problem on a continuous basis, Mr Alongkorn said, adding that he is confident the US trade agency would definitely remove Thailand from the list. (TNA)
Alongkorn is a liar. And a hypocrite. Like all his friends at the government.
He can throw in the air whatever figures he wants… I mean why not saying : “Thailand seized 500 millions pirated DVD” ? Or 1 billion ? Or 1 trillion ? Who cares ?
Those figures are POINTLESS and GROTESQUE.
-since Abhisit, aka The Great Democrator (non elected but UK educated and who loves “the rule of law”), was nominated Prime Minister (thanks to a bozo coup)… he did nothing to seriously address this situation.
-The government itself continues to break IP rights of pharmaceutical companies (US and europeans), through a grotesque “compulsory licenses” program. Abhisit didn’t reverse this policy iniated by the Junta (yes… in december 2006) and followed after by Samak.
-Anybody can buy pirated DVD, copied software, T shirt and whatever stuff on Sukhumvit, at Fortune Town (floor 2 and 3), Panthip Plazza, in Phuket, Pattaya etc. Today, yesterday, 5 years ago, 10 years agos. And it’s likely to continue during the 5 next years etc.
-Last may, the US decided to keep Thailand on the Priority Watch List (read here). Since then, nothing has changed.
-Check some of my goodies :
-”Suppressing piracy ? We are working on it” (march 2008)
-Joke Of The Day : in 3 months, no more counterfeit goods (june 2008, Samak)
-Penultimate campaign to “eradicate counterfeit goods” (january 2009, with Abhisit)
-Hundred of thousands of people (maybe millions, all the tourists) are well aware of this situation. And it”s happening under the nose of the police… The police is of course part of this business, harvesting bribes.
I repeat : so ?
Does Abhisit have any self esteem ? Or does he really think that he can fool the americans ?
But afterall… Why not ? The “Fuck you policy” is very fashionable nowadays (China is an expert at it, in every aspect). Any small country, any third world banana republic, any dictatorship leaded by lunatics is able today (and apparently willing) to say “fuck you” to the US, to Europe.
Fair enough. It’s unfortunate…. But I guess it’s inevitable… the obvious Fall of Rome, bis repetita.
What is unbearable… is the hypocrisy of the barbarians.
You want to loot Rome ? Do it, make our day ! But don’t try to hide yourself.
Don’t try to find lame excuse.
And as usual, I will finish by the official motto of this blog: Abhisit ? Change Yes We Can(‘t).