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Stationary manufacturer with more than 500 million baht assets raided for software piracy

Quality quilts look ‘sew’ amazing

A touch of magic brings Shakespeare to town


Stationary manufacturer with more than 500 million baht assets raided for software piracy

Big firms, SMEs among companies raided for software piracy in latest enforcement efforts
A company specializing in stationary design and production with registered assets of more than 500 million baht and a roster of international clients is among five companies raided through the first part of this month for use of unlicensed software, a violation of the Thai Copyright Act.

Police Colonel Sarayuth Pooltanya.

Police allege the company’s design department used unlicensed software for product development purposes. The value of the Autodesk software allegedly pirated by the company is 1.8 million baht. Directors of the company hold liability for the software copyright infringement, and face possible fines and jail sentences, according to police. The stationary firm, whose name cannot be released, is based in Samut Prakan province.
“We continue to investigate a wide variety of companies based on our investigations of software piracy and tips received from the public about companies with unlicensed software,” said Police Colonel Sarayuth Pooltanya of the Economic and Cyber Crime Division. “We will continue to conduct enforcement actions against companies that choose to violate software copyrights - no matter the company’s size, industry or location.”
On the days following the raid of the stationary company, police officers from the Economic and Cyber Crime Division raided two companies in the design and building business, both located in Chonburi. One of these companies has registered assets of more than 200 million baht and the other is classified as an SME. The estimated value of the infringed software allegedly used by these companies is 688,000 baht and 1.1 million baht, respectively. Both companies have Thai ownership.
A company with UK ownership and a company with Japanese ownership also faced police raids for suspected software piracy this month.
Police found a UK industrial engineering company using unlicensed design software at its branch in Rayong. The company relied on the software to provide engineering solutions to local customers in the oil and gas industry. The value of the pirated software is 800,000 baht.
Half a million baht worth of unlicensed software was found at a Japanese manufacturer of industrial machinery. The company, with a sales office in Bangkok, relied on the software for the planning of installation of machinery for customers in Thailand.
“We know that there remains a large number of organizations that violate software copyrights in their business operations,” said Police Colonel Sarayuth. “We ask that people with information about software piracy come forward to provide information to us. We will protect your identity.”
Those who report the use of unlicensed software by calling 02-714-1010 or by reporting it on line are eligible to receive an award of up to 250,000 Thai baht. The identity of the caller is protected. More information is available online at www.stop.in.th


Quality quilts look ‘sew’ amazing

Mark Beales
An exhibition featuring quilts made by a Pattaya artist is proving a success. The display is being held at ISB, the International School of Bangkok, until February 18. More than a dozen intricately-designed pieces are on show, all created by Karen Sengel. Karen, an American living in Pattaya, has been making quilts for 15 years but only recently began transforming them into works of art.

Karen Sengel stands next to one of her artistic works at the International School of Bangkok.

Each quilt is made up of many different pieces of fabric, all sewn together to create an image. Some quilts depict wildlife while others show life among ethnic groups.
Karen’s inspiration comes from photographs taken during trips to northern Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Bali. Once an idea has hatched, Karen works from a large-scale drawing of the image, working out what fabric is needed and where it should be placed.
Karen uses ethnic fabrics and commercial material and often tests out hundreds of pieces before deciding which one is right for a particular quilt. Also at ISB until February 20 is an exhibition of sculptures and abstract art by Italian artist Simone Ambrosini Benetti and Ingrid Van Der Heyden.
For more on Karen’s work, visit www.karensengel.com.


A touch of magic brings Shakespeare to town

The curtain has risen on a theatre production that features all of Shakespeare’s plays. The idea of staging every one of the Bard’s 37 plays in a single performance may sound impossible. But there is method in such madness – as it is all part of a special, abridged, show.
NY/LA Productions is performing “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” at the Tuxedo Magic Theatre on North Pattaya Road.
The show will be from February 4 to March 28 from Wednesday to Sunday at 9pm, with 2pm matinees on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are 350 baht for adults and 250 baht for children.
For American actors Kevin Barlowski and Fernando Navales and Canadian Christine de Frece it is their first time in Thailand. Their show involves quick-fire dialogue and lightning-fast costume changes as they race through the likes of Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet and Twelfth Night.
Christine, who has previously provided backing vocals for Andrea Bocelli, said the show was great for fans of Shakespeare but would also appeal to those who did not know Shakespeare as there was plenty of humour. She said several Thais have also seen the show and loved the jokes.
Artistic director Bret Lee Decker decided to launch the shows as he wanted to bring more theatre to Pattaya, and hopes to stage more productions once this one is finished.
Bret is a graduate of the California Institute of the Arts and has been involved in more than 45 productions.
The ‘Abridged’ show was written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield.
Tickets are available on the door, or you can call 038 488 880 or 081 683 9322 for details.



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