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Copyright
Copyright protection in Thailand is governed by The Copyright Act, B.E. 2537 (1994) and applies to literary, dramatic, artistic, musical, audiovisual, cinematographic and broadcasting works, this includes software or any other works in the filed of literature, science or fine arts.

Validity

The duration of protection of a copyrighted work depends on the nature of the work at issue. Copyrights for works of literature, artistry, drama or music are valid throughout the life of the creator and fifty (50) additional years from the date of their death, with the exception of works created by juristic persons which are protected for fifty (50) years from the date of creation or publication, whichever is later.

Protection of Works Created Abroad

Copyrighted works created abroad are entitled to protection in Thailand provided that they were created in a country which is a signatory to the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works, or are bound by the provisions of TRIPs in accordance with their WTO membership obligations.

However, in order to facilitate enforcement of such rights the owner of the Copyright may want to record their copyright with the Intellectual Property Department.

Enforcement

As with Trademark and Patent rights, those who infringe on the copyright of another incur both civil and criminal liability and the owner of the copyright is entitled to initiate either or both of these actions under the commercial or penal code.

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