Nat'l film federation to head enforcement activities

BANGKOK — The Thai film industry has set up a fund of 3 million bahts ($71.4 million) to crack down on widespread copyright violations.

Contributions from movie producers, regional distribs, exhibs and production houses will be administered by the Federation of National Film Assns. of Thailand, which will head up enforcement activities.

A recent flood of inexpensive VCD/DVD players into Thailand from China has tempted middle-class Thais to buy pirated goods.

“Now we are losing about (30%-40%) of our audience to pirated goods,” said Visute Poolveraluk, managing director of Tai Entertainment and senior VP of Entertain Golden Village, the country’s largest theater circuit.

Lock down

Poolveraluk acknowledged that theater owners and distributors have to “look after their own shops,” adding: “The first thing we are going to do is put additional locks on our projection booths.”

Prints of “Faa Tali Jon” and “Bangkok Dangerous” went missing from a theater in the southern district controlled by theater owner and distribber Kom Akadej, president of the Federation of National Film Assns. Pirated copies were on the streets the day of each film’s release. Both pics went on to flounder at the box office.

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