By The Nation
On November 3, the story of a 15-year-old girl from Nakhon Ratchasima province selling krathong in the shapes of popular Japanese characters was shared on social media, men claiming to be the copyright agents in Thailand made a buy, then got the girl arrested by police. The girl was ordered to pay a Bt50,000 fine.
“According to the documentary evidence, the shape of the face and ears on the krathong are not similar to Rilakkuma's, the character under the copyright of San-X,” said Wirachai.
“In addition, if the company noticed an infringement of its copyright, it would have issued a warning letter twice to the party involved before sending their representatives to take legal action”.
He said Prajak Photipol, the representative from Verisec who claimed to be the San-X copyright agent in Thailand, had terminated the contract and has no rights to a arrest or fine.
“We will meet him and his manager to investigate if this was a case of extortion or perjury,” he said.
Recently, A Nation TV reporter went to Verisec, located on the 23rd floor of the MThai Tower in Witthayu road. The reporter found the rented office empty besides a messenger picking up documents sent to the premises.