The January Flatulence aims at USA : “We swear ! We’re fighting IP rights violations”

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.

Because :
-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.

So ?

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). 😉

7 Responses to “The January Flatulence aims at USA : “We swear ! We’re fighting IP rights violations””

  1. 1 Jaded 28 January 2010 at 3:41 pm

    They didn’t send the Commerce Minister. They sent the deputy… I wonder why the Commerce Minister isn’t going herself? Does the term “human trafficking” sound familiar? Pity though… I’d have loved to see how HIllary Clinton would have dealt with it…

  2. 2 Chris 28 January 2010 at 3:55 pm

    I’m surprised that such an important mission to such a crucial ally as the U.S. is being headed up by the “Deputy” Commerce Minister rather than the Minister herself.

    Why do you think that might be?

  3. 3 ThaiCrisis 28 January 2010 at 4:52 pm

    It’s because the Deputy wanted to make some shopping (not counterfeited goods of course) in New York.

    More seriously, it’s because the whole story is like I said a hoax. A comedy. The guy is going to make his speech (“sincere” blabla). And the Americans will tell him to piss off. Voila. A nice and very diplomatic meeting. 😉

    The Commerce Minister has probably more important matters… to deal with. 😉

  4. 4 Pricilla 28 January 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Just the usual vacuous talk about nothing, and every politician loves an overseas junket at the tax payers expense.

    Now TC I am going to have to take you to task here, as there have been monumental steps to crush piracy. Before the Rolex or DVD would be actually on the table, now they have pictures instead and you have to wait a minute or two while they get it from around the corner for you.

    Incidentally anyone here ever download torrents? 🙂

  5. 5 fall 28 January 2010 at 7:16 pm

    Let me double check.

    Yep, Pantip is still open and the new Avatar DVD on sales everywhere. Also, CL on *emergency* drugs are still in effect.

    Thailand is going for fuck you policy and ask you to bend over with a smile.

  6. 6 ThaiCrisis 28 January 2010 at 7:40 pm

    Well I’m not really aware (and interested in) of the Fake Rolex market…. 😉
    I’m like Saint Thomas : I believe what I see.

    And what I see are shops, real shops not shacks, not hidding, on floor 2 and 3 of Fortune Town (Ratchadapisek road, floor 1 is for mobile phone) selling copies of software and DVD.

    Tons of them.

    Voila. Nothing more, nothing less.

    Fortune Town is not a shack upcountry. It’s a large IT mall in the middle of Bangkok, plus restaurants, Tesco Lotus shop, the whole nine yards etc., access with the underground train, opposite the famous land bought by Madame Thaksin (Pojaman).

    So maybe Abhisit lives on another planet. A Bangkok Number 2, in a parallel universe. Everything is possible in Thailand.

    Yeah. The guy is living in deep outerspace. Maybe… he’s even an alien. Some kind of weird extraterestrial life form. I mean… with such a dumb smile… it should turn on a few alarms…

    Ah ah ah ah.

  7. 7 Marvo 28 January 2010 at 10:51 pm

    Hey TC, how about a Thai translated version of your blog so all my Thai buddies can read and learn 😉

    If I try to tell them how screwed-up Thailand is becoming, they say “no it isn’t, everything is normal”! (Where’s that bashing head against wall smiley)?

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