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Copyright Law Tackles Social Media

By on Jul 29, 2015 in Property News

Copying digital material, especially in social media, without giving proper credit to the copyright holder will be a violation under the new copyright law, which comes into effect on Aug 4.

The penalties for violating the law will be a fine of up to 400,000 baht or two years in prison, said Paiboon Amonpinyokeat, an internet legal expert and founder of the law firm P&P Co.

“General internet users and media face a high risk of infringement according to the new copyright law,” he said.

For instance, a Twitter user who retweets a message or material and does not give credit to the original source is violating the law.

The new copyright law is intended to protect copyright owners, said Mr Paiboon. But he is concerned that general internet users are still largely unaware of such legal matters and lack an understanding of the law.

Those who work in the media also need to give proper credit to copyright owners when they use videos from YouTube as part of their work.

Poramate Minsiri, the founder of Kapook.com, a popular web portal, expressed concern that the new copyright law might cause trouble among young internet users as they lack knowledge of the law.

The law also allows copyright owners to ask courts to mandate internet service providers to take down or remove content that allegedly infringes the law, which could lead to many websites being blocked.

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Source: Bangkok post – 29 Jul 2015

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