Copyright Law in Thailand
Copyrights in Thailand are protected under the Thai Copyright Act (1994). The creation of an author, which could be artistic, literary, audio visual, scientific or cinematographic in nature is protected for a lifelong period plus 50 years after the death of the copyright holder.
Any person knowingly infringing on someone else’s copyright by selling, communicating to the public, importing or distributing copyrighted material is deemed to violate Thai Copyright.
A person is not deemed to infringe on someone’s copyright if the act is not conflicting a normal exploitation of the copyrighted work and does not compromise the legitimate right of the copyright owner.
The following is not considered copyright infringement:
Research or work study for non-profit use
Use for personal benefit and the benefit of family members or close relatives
Comment, criticism or introduction of the work by citing the source of the copyrighted work
News reporting through mass media by citing the source of the copyrighted work
Reproduction intended for judicial or administrative proceedings
Reproduction for teaching purposes at a non-profit institution
Use of copyrighted work as part of questions and answers in an examination
Please note that the information mentioned above serves only as a guideline. For any further
details, you can contact our legal team anytime.
Why register Copyrights in Thailand?
Copyrights do not have to be registered to protect someone’s work or creation from infringement, however official registration offers the following strategic advantages:
Official recordation provides leverage in establishing proof of ownership
Makes it easier to enforce your rights
In case the recorded ownership is challenged, the burden of proof lies on the accuser and not the owner of a recorded copyright.
Apart from registering your copyrights in Thailand we are also able to assist you with copyright registration internationally through our partner firms.