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General Information


According to Thailand’s Copyright Act, Copyright works under this Act are literary work, dramatic work, artistic work, musical work, audiovisual material work, cinematograph film, sound recording work, sound and picture broadcasting work or any other work in literature work, sound and picture broadcasting work or any other work in literature, sciences or arts sections of the author do not have to be registered. Moreover, to record the information of the work is merely information proving of the ownership of the work and/or for the public to contact the owner in obtaining the assignment. However, it is recommended to record of the work and/or relevant information due to avoiding the dispute of ownership of the work once copyright infringements occur.


Software Protection in Thailand

For many years after computer programs appeared in the market, courts and lawyers struggled to find a way to adequately protect them, arguing alternatively for patent law, copyright law, or a special system. Today, most countries have adopted the system of copyright protection for software; Thailand is no exception.

In Thailand, the author of a computer program is the person or persons that develop it. However, unless otherwise agreed, the author is deemed to have assigned his or her economic rights to the producer on an exclusive and unlimited basis, including the right to make adaptations or new versions of the program. The producer of a given software program is the physical or legal person who takes the initiative and assumes the responsibility of the work.License agreements of computer programs and databases may be contained in texts printed and begin and ending source codeprinted by the producer, signed or not by the parties, as part of the graphic and magnetic supports given by the copyright owner to the authorized user, which contain the conditions of use of the program.


Term of Copyright Protection

In general, the term of protection for Copyright exists for the life of the author plus 50 years after the death of the author. In case of a work is of joint authorship, Copyright exists for the life of the joint-authors plus 50 years as from the death of the last surviving co-author.

In the case where the author is a juristic person, copyright exists for 50 years from the time of authorship.

Copyright in photographic, audiovisual, cinematographic and audio and video broadcasting works as well as sound recordings exists for 50 years from the time of authorship.

Copyright in works which are created during the course of employment, instruction or commission exists for 50 years from the time of authorship.

Copyright in a work of applied arts exists for 25 years from the time of authorship.

In the case that the work is published during such period, copyright exists for 50 years from the first publication with the exception of copyrighted works in the field of applied arts, which exist for 25 years from the date of the first publication.


 

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