Legal Updates for May 2022

Amendment to Copyright Act

Amendments to the Copyright Act will take effect on 23 August 2022 after key changes were enacted in Copyright Act No. 5 B.E. 2565 (2022), which was published in the Government Gazette on 24 February 2022. In brief, the aim of the amendments is to standardise Thai copyright laws so that they are consistent with the WIPO Copyright Treaty 1996 and to support the emergence of many new media such as digital content, gaming, and animation. The Thai Department of Intellectual Property expressed confidence that the new copyright law will enhance the opportunity for Thailand to promote Thai "Soft Power" globally.

The major changes made to copyright law by the amendments focus on three areas described further in this Update: Notice & Take Down Procedures; the Technology Protection Measure; and Extension of the Protection Period for Copyright Work.