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Commission Decision 2005/470/EC of 24 June 2005 terminating the examination procedure concerning piracy of Community sound recordings in Thailand and its effects on Community trade in sound recordings

The Commission initiates an examination procedure due to sufficient evidence contained in a complaint that piracy of Community sound recordings was taking place on a large scale in Thailand and that such piracy was causing injury to the Community industry, notably by affecting exports of Community sound recordings to Thailand as well as to other third markets. This appeared as a result of the Thai authorities' failure to properly enforce the Thai legislation on copyright, the level of piracy of sound recordings (international repertoire) was likely to have reached 90 %, and that this situation resulted in material injury to the Community industry, notably in the form of lost sales on the Thai market (as well as certain other third markets). From factual and legal examination reports it appeared that Thailand has taken measures aimed at effectively reducing the level of piracy of sound recordings. Despite these initiatives, piracy of sound recordings (international repertoire) remains a serious problem in Thailand, and substantial numbers of pirated sound recordings continue to be exported to the EU. The Commission however terminated the examination procedure concerning piracy of Community sound recordings in Thailand and its effects on Community trade in sound recordings, because these continuing problems can be better addressed in other contexts.

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Document type: EU IP Law
Categories: Copyrights and related rights
Making body: European Commission
Law Type: Decision
Effective Start Date: 24 Jun 2005
Access available: Freely available
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