Friday, September 7, 2012

Thailand to stop tourists carrying fakes into the country

Visitors to Thailand will soon get warnings on inbound flights about the risks of bringing counterfeit goods into the country. Commercial airlines staff will include it in their announcements on board.

The move comes from the Commerce Ministry’s Intellectual Property Department and Transport Ministry. They are working with Customs to intercept fake goods at the borders as well as the Information and Communications Technology Ministry which blocks websites that sell fake or pirated products. It is suggested that legal amendments targeting tourists may follow.

Hold on, thinks IP Komodo, there is a flaw in this plan. Don't tourists go to Thailand to buy fakes to bring them home? See here for the saga over Lady Gaga. So who are the tourists bringing fakes to Thailand?

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