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Curb sprees of destruction

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Governments often fall into the trap of believing that just because a particular policy worked well 10 or 15 years ago, it will have the same beneficial results if repeated today. Some do, but most fail the test of time. 

A good example of an event that has outlived its usefulness took place on Wednesday when Deputy Commerce Minister Nattawut Saikuar joined police and a sprinkling of celebrities at the annual ceremony to smash up fake goods.

After symbolically venting their wrath on seized counterfeit goods by striking them with gold-coloured hammers, the offending items were crushed by a steamroller. The novelty value of these smash-ups wore off years ago. Indeed, the comment most often heard afterwards had nothing to do with the evils of piracy or the importance of 2013 as the the Year of Intellectual Property Rights Protection.

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