A generation has been born and grown into adulthood since the first threats and promises about a crackdown on digital piracy. The piracy of intellectual property mushroomed and grew into a sophisticated business alongside the growth of personal computers and video products.
The creeping commercialisation has come with few penalties, but now that could be changing. A local court in the United States, with neither support nor backing of the US government, has started a campaign that should change some of the thinking in Thailand about digital piracy.
Last week, the small state of Massachusetts charged a major Thai seafood packer with piracy. Big deal? Yes, indeed. The law used by Martha Coakley, the state attorney-general, represents a new development. According to her office, the Narong Seafood Co Ltd of Samut Sakhon used pirated versions of Microsoft Windows on its corporate computers.
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