Kata Rocks
THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET Kata Rocks
The Phuket News Novosti Phuket Khao Phuket

Login | Create Account | Search


‘Copyright agents’ face arrest warrants for krathong floats ‘sting’

‘Copyright agents’ face arrest warrants for krathong floats ‘sting’

BANGKOK: Police will seek arrest warrants for “copyright agents” who ordered krathong floats adorned with copyrighted cartoon characters from a 15-year-old girl, and then had her arrested and fined for copyright infringement.

crimepolice
By Bangkok Post

Tuesday 12 November 2019, 08:58AM


Orn, the 15-year-old girl was arrested on Nov 1 for making krathong floats featuring cartoon characters, makes more baskets with coloured bread for Monday's festival in Nakhon Ratchasima province. Photo: Prasit Tangprasert / Bangkok Post

Orn, the 15-year-old girl was arrested on Nov 1 for making krathong floats featuring cartoon characters, makes more baskets with coloured bread for Monday's festival in Nakhon Ratchasima province. Photo: Prasit Tangprasert / Bangkok Post

Pol Maj Gen Sujin Nitpanit, commander of Nakhon Ratchasima Provincial Police, said on Monday (Nov 11) the investigation was almost complete and police would request court warrants by the end of this week.

Police were expanding the investigation after more than 40 vendors filed complaints against the same agents, alleging they also sought police action against them in a copyright “sting” to extort fines.

Police have not named the copyright agents.

The scam was exposed after a Nakhon Ratchasima teenager, identified only as “Orn”, was arrested on Nov 1 for making krathong featuring San-X cartoon characters and forced to pay a B5,000 fine for copyright infringement, sparking public anger.

Orn, who was making and selling patterned floats for Monday’s Loy Krathong Festival to help pay for her education, said she received an online order for 136 floats, with the customer demanding she use cartoon characters even though she had never used them before.

When she delivered 30 of the floats to the customer a local department store on Nov 1, she was arrested by police, who told her the order was placed by a copyright agent.

tile-it - Phuket’s Quality Tile Boutique

At first, the “agent” demanded she pay a B50,000 fine, but Orn’s grandfather negotiated it down to B5,000.

TAC Consumer Plc, the representative of Japanese copyright holder San-X cartoon, denied it had assigned anyone to work with police in copyright sting operations.

Police have also affirmed that the characters on the floats did not really resemble the copyright cartoon characters, so no violation occurred.

 

Read original story here.

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

CAPTCHA

BenPendejo | 14 November 2019 - 12:52:51

Great work...shafting this enterprising young lady, while in the meantime, every name brand under the sun is flapping in the wind, from YSL, Nike, Louie Vitton, Disney...etc.  And yeah, I'm sure the Minnie Mouse T-shirt at Big C going for 99 baht is a Disney original.  Sounds more like this young lady was cutting into some other favored family's business opportunity.

Kurt | 13 November 2019 - 08:45:07

Mhh, thinking about it, it is time the police raid shops in Patong again for confiscating copy branded goods. All shops are full with it. Branded good manufactures should send more often their observers to Phuket.

CaptainJack69 | 12 November 2019 - 12:36:44

Copyright infringement is a crime that's not taken very seriously by 'locals'. It's like riding on the wrong side of the road, they know they're not supposed to do it but they just don't care. So even if this wasn't the clear case of entrapment that it is, I'm sure it would have sparked just as much "public anger" anyway.

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Sticky rice vendor killed as motorbike struck by drunk pickup driver

Sadly another fatal road accident in our little village. We see cars and trucks daily, hurtling thro...(Read More)


Missing kayaking couple: ‘We must not lose hope,’ says Vice Governor

As we ( the Yachting community) knew the current is there very strong always N to S up to 2-3 knots ...(Read More)


Motorists asked to ‘drive carefully’ as concrete sheets fall from Chalong Underpass walls

Which Phuket thai Authority is responsible for damage to my car due to 'falling off' panels ...(Read More)


Government calls on volunteers to battle plastic trash crisis

When thai Government feels Thailand is in a plastic trash crisis, than send during weekends Official...(Read More)


Poor rating for Prayut after six months in office: Poll

Army personal, 'grown up' gerimental in barracks, poor educated, are at old age not mentally...(Read More)


Phuket Opinion: Safer drivers on the horizon

Yes, it is a big joke. The only 'enforcement' will some day happening during one of the famo...(Read More)


Phuket, Chon Buri minimum wage to rise B6, from Jan 1

That will surely turn the economy round, and extra 30 baht per week to be spent....(Read More)


Search area expanded in hunt for couple missing on kayak off Phuket

A group of 4 kayaks only? And they did not stick together in for them strange waters? Why a part o...(Read More)


Phuket navy base to 'monitor' Myanmar sub in Andaman

The model, with a displacement of 3,000 tonnes, is well known for its quiet operation. The sub can b...(Read More)