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Copyright Protection in Thailand

Copyright in Thailand is the exclusive right that grants ownership to the creator of original works of physical expressions of ideas.

Copyright in Thailand

Copyright registration in Thailand can be done at the Department of Intellectual Property. Nonetheless, protection is automatically granted to the copyright owner once the work has been created. Works which may receive copyright protection in Thailand include:

  • Literary works (advertisements, books, magazines, newspapers, website content etc.)
  • Computer software
  • Musical works
  • Dramatic works (choreography, dancing, acting etc.)
  • Audio-visual works
  • Artistic works (such as works of painting and drawing, sculptures, lithography, works of architecture, photographic works, illustrations, other forms of applied arts)
  • Cinematographic works
  • Audio recordings
  • Broadcast works

Works Not Eligible for Copyright Registration

  • News of the day and facts having the character of mere information which is not a work in literary, scientific or artistic domain
  • Constitution and legislations
  • Regulations, by-laws, notifications, orders, explanations and official correspondence of the Ministries, Departments or any other government or local units
  • Judicial decisions, orders, decisions and official reports
  • Translation and collection of those in (1) to (4) made by the Ministries, Departments or any other government or local units

The copyright protection in Thailand is valid for the entire lifetime of the author and continues for a period of 50 years thereafter. The same protection period is granted to juristic persons who are the owner of the copyright.

Benefits of Registering a Copyright

  • Copyright registration provides the creator or author of the work with an exclusive right to use, publish and commercialise their work
  • When you register your copyright, it allows you to keep track of the registration date and determine the duration for its validity
  • Registering your copyright offers protection of ownership against competitors, claims and usage of the work by third parties
  • Copyright registration also allows the owner to enforce legal rights by pursuing penalties against infringement

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