CASBAA Urges IP Protection and “Light Touch” Regulation for Thai Satellite Channels

Friday, 17 September 2010

Thailand’s National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) is considering putting in place a “landing rights” licensing system for satellite TV channels. (A license would be required before any channel could be re-distributed by Thai pay-TV companies.) CASBAA urged the NTC to ensure that all satellite channels licensed in Thailand respect intellectual property rights. Among other countries requiring “landing rights,” CASBAA said, the UK had the best benchmark of a market-friendly “light touch” system.

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Thai NTC Finalizes Rules for Cable TV Licensing

Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Thailand’s National Telecommunications Commission has finalized its regulations governing issuance of licenses to provincial cable TV operators. The regulations embody a very small improvement in provisions on intellectual property, specifying that cable operators may provide carriage agreements with channels as evidence of their ownership of proper intellectual property rights. An English translation of the complete regulations can be downloaded here. (Note that the lines in red are changes made from the published preliminary draft.)

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Thai Cable Companies convicted of Piracy

Friday, 19 June 2009

For the information of CASBAA members, this is a list of Thai cable companies convicted of pay-TV piracy offenses in the last five years. Exclusively available to CASBAA Members.

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CASBAA urges Thailand to adopt licensing procedures that protect copyrights

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Thailand’s National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) is considering rules and procedures for licensing cable operators in that country. In a letter to the NTC, CASBAA suggested concrete procedures to implement protection of intellectual property rights, and also even-handed regulation of the cable industry vis-à-vis the telecoms industry. 

The CASBAA submission can be found here. An English translation of the Draft Rules and Procedures issued by the NTC for public comment can be found here.


Thailand Supreme Court's landmark ruling in favour of broadcaster

Tuesday, 20 February 2007

Thai Supreme Court fined a provincial cable operator and its director US$2,778 fine with six month imprisonment on parole on charge of infringing broadcasting copyright of UBC. 

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