A draft anti-camcording bill will go to the cabinet for consideration on Monday, part of government moves to step up its fight against piracy and counterfeiting.
The government also vows to boost all intellectual property (IP) laws to penalise violators more harshly, Deputy Commerce Minister Natthawut Saikua said after yesterday's meeting of the national IP policy committee chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong.
Mr Natthawut said once the draft anti-camcording bill wins cabinet approval, it will be tabled for parliamentary debate possibly next month.
Mr Natthawut also yesterday met representatives from the Motion Picture Association of America, which has been pushing for recording equipment to be banned from cinemas.
"This year, the government has vowed to step up the fight against all types of IP violations and try its best to punish violators," said Mr Natthawut.
"Our goal is to remove Thailand from the US Priority Watch List, which is due to be reviewed in April."
The US has put Thailand on the list each year since 2007.
The list carries no threat of sanctions but rather is aimed at shaming governments.
The US Trade Representative (USTR) late last year added eight red zones to its list of areas under scrutiny in Thailand.
They are MBK Center, Chatuchak Market, Siam Square, Sukhumvit Road and Patpong night market in Bangkok; Karon and Patong beaches in Phuket; IT City in Pattaya; and Rong Klua market at the Aranyaprathet border crossing with Cambodia.
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- Writer: Phusadee Arunmas
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