Thailand burns knockoffs

Sept. 15, 2010 at 4:02 PM
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BANKOK, Thailand, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Authorities in Thailand said they burned more than 600,000 items weighing around 90 tons because they violated intellectual property rights.

Deputy Commerce Minister Alongkorn Ponlaboot presided over a ceremony followed by the burning of 613,374 items by the Intellectual Property Department, Commerce Ministry, Royal Thai Police and private sector organizations, the Thai News Agency reported Wednesday.

Alongkorn said the burning was done in an environmentally friendly and chemically correct way in a "cement stove" with some materials to be recycled.

The minister said the Thai government was cracking down on intellectual property violations and hoped the United States would change the country's status, moving it from the U.S. government's Priority Watch List, the agency reported.

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