Social media fuelling rise in movie piracy in Thailand

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Long before the days of social media and instant messaging, the Internet has always been an incredibly effective way to share all forms of content.

The Internet made it easy to share files of all types, from documents, to photos, to music and videos.

The growth of sites like Napster in the 1990s introduced many users to the illegal download and ever since governments, law enforcement organisations and the entertainment industry have, for the most part, been unsuccessfully battling against online piracy.

Now with the rise of social media sites such as YouTube, Facebook and LINE, it’s even easier for more people than ever before to share content, including pirated material.

According to the Umarsiri Taron, deputy executive director of the Motion Picture Association of Thailand, sites like YouTube and Facebook are helping to make movie piracy in Thailand easier and more widespread.

Ms Umasiri told the Bangkok Post that she has urged the government to speed up amending the Copyright and Computer Crime Acts so that copyright owners have the power to ask courts to close down pirate websites in Thailand.

These websites do not only provide a place for users to watch and download content illegally, but they are also home to large amount of illegal advertising, claimed Ms Umasiri.

A recent study conducted by Paul Watters, IT professor at the University of Massey in New Zealand found that 93.74% of ads on the most popular piracy websites in Thailand were regarded as ‘high risk’, whereas just 6.26% were ‘mainstream’.

From the high risk ads, 62.22% were from the sex industry and 16.05% were for gambling, which is illegal in Thailand.

 

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