An American organization has released its annual Top ten countries in a league of nations they accuse of being the major sources of pirated goods.
Thailand, along with Russia and China have been named in the list which overlooks the Internet as the single source of pirated movies, offered for free, and instead takes aim at street vendors in Asian countries.
With a simplistic list of recommendations, the committee produced a wishlist which asks for an end to the availability of TV streaming on the Internet, other than those issued by the TV companies and a stop to be put on Internet trading of fake goods, among other ideas. All well and good, perhaps, but as many have pointed out , the US itself fails consistently in both those areas as the Internet still grows and flourishes without any policing.
With other recommendations such as stricter control of Cameras in cinemas, they too overlook the fact that most pirated movies are actually copies of original movie files
The somewhat toothless committee, it has no powers but makes a lot of noise, makes annual waves as it reviews production of fake goods in many industries such as software, clothing, movies and fashion accessories, overlooking the fact that its own nations form a large portion of the population that continues to support the cloned market.
The past 12 months has seen a consistent move toward the removal of pirated goods in Thailand, seeing manufacturers and seller closed down by the authorities but, as anywhere in the world, its an uphill battle as computers can reproduce movies and software at a moments notice.
Thailand’s government plans to introduce laws with heavier penalties later this year in an effort to reduce product piracy but that is expected to simply see a shift of any production to other, less compliant, countries.
The movie and music industry has huge muscle in American politics and is seen as still avoiding the fact that, with the advent of the internet, speedy downloads and of course the ever popular MP3, controlling the distribution of their property is almost impossible
( Editorial from external source reprinted with approval of the author)