Penultimate campaign to “eradicate counterfeit goods”


Look what I wrote in june 2008, when a campaign against pirated goods was launched, and the Commerce Minister vowed to clean the country. In three months. 😉

Today, we have a new government, and therefore new clowns, so the circus continues.

The National Police Bureau has set its sight on eradicating piracy throughout the nation in compliance with the government policy while assembling an investigative team to search out copyright violations.

Deputy Minister of Commerce Alongkorn Pollabutr joined National Police Commander Pol. Gen. Patcharawat Wongsuwan in launching the first wave of officers specifically tasked with tackling violations against intellectual property laws at Dusit Palace this morning (January 22nd).

The brunt of the crackdown will run from today until January 28th and comes in response to a policy set by the government as a national agenda for eradication of such material. Pol. Gen. Patcharawat stated that the National Police Bureau will put its operation in full force, beginning in Bangkok with plans to expand to the entire nation. (PRD)

First wave of officers ? Full force ? 😉 It’s good to laugh.

I feel compelled to help those clowns. A simple copy-paste of my article last year will be enough. Sorry to quote myself.

DVD’s, CD’s, software… are available in many retail shops, everywhere in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pattaya, Phuket… you name it. EVERYWHERE.

Panthip of course, MBK (floor 4), Fortune Town on Ratchapisek (floor 2 for software, and 3 for the movies)… in real shops… not only small stalls on Sukhumvit road…

Change with Abhisit ? Yes we can’t.

3 Responses to “Penultimate campaign to “eradicate counterfeit goods””

  1. 1 fall 23 January 2009 at 2:07 pm

    Let’s be frank and translate it into layman wording:
    “We will arrest all the manufacturer of counterfeit if they are not our own or refuse to pay bribe… by the way, your monthly bribe just doubled.”

  2. 2 E. Spitzer 25 January 2009 at 6:31 am

    I was at Forune Town this weekend, just before noon I was hurriedly told to exit the pirate DVD shop I was in as the police were coming. All the shops started closing in the next 15 minutes. I continued shopping, I was there for a new laptop (and instructed them to install XP and Office on it – gratis). By the time I left, two hours later, the cops had still not shown up and the pirate shops remained closed.

    Not much of a crackdown if everyone is given two hours plus notice.

  3. 3 ThaiCrisis 25 January 2009 at 6:41 am

    I’ve spent a lot… a lot of time in Fortune… and I never heard this. So it could be the sign that now they start to be serious.
    But as you said… in this case… they wouldn’t warn the shop owners, would they ?
    I mean just imagine the loss of face : dozen, hundreds (?) of thousands of foreigners bought and buy from these shops (Fortune, MBK, Panthip etc.)… it’s public… journalists, politicians… we all know… So what could be our reaction when we read, every year, an article about a new campaign in Thailand to eradicate counterfeit goods in 3 months ? We are just laughing.

    The thai authorities don’t understand the scale of the loss of face and ridicule it creates.

    And actually it’s the biggest problem : nobody can take Thailand seriously in such environment.

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