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RS appoints TCC to tackle World Cup broadcasting violation full on Small scale businesses enjoy waivers

          RS is clear on its strategy, assigning TCC to collect fines from those breaching the World Cup broadcasting license, such as restaurants, food courts, karaoke shops, night clubs, pubs, beer gardens, hotels, apartments, electrical appliances stores and club houses. Small scale businesses will not be targeted and can enjoy waivers in this event. The company is confident that Thai people nowadays have better understanding towards licenses, and it is expected that more than 10,000 businesses will file to broadcasting permission.
          Sutthisak Prasartkarukarn, director of Thai Copyright Collection (TCC), one of RS's affiliates, said that TCC is a central organization in charge of collecting copyright fees from usage of licensed matters. The company has been officially appointed by RS, the sole licensee in Thailand authorized by FIFA to broadcast the 20th FIFA World Cup or the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brasil from June 12 to July 13 this year. The company expects that more than 10,000 businesses will be interested in applying for broadcasting permission, which is a big growth compared to the previous World Cup, because Thai people today are now aware of licenses and are willing to comply with rules. 

          FIFA sees the importance of visual and audio broadcasting of the event, and will be sending FIFA representatives to monitor the broadcast in Thailand. Any organization or business, including restaurants, food courts, karaoke shops, night clubs, bars, hotels, apartments, electrical appliance shops, club houses and outdoor areas of any restaurant, entertainment venue or hotel, who plans to broadcast the program for commercial purposes without authorization to the public or use the content as part of promotional offers, whether directly or indirectly, should consult TCC in advance to be informed of important information, procedures and usage that does not breach the law. Meanwhile, small businesses such as street-side stalls will not be targeted. 

          Sutthisak added that cable TV operators and websites are not allowed to broadcast the licensed matter to the public. Any unauthorized use will be fined, except for home use that takes place within the home only. 

          “Our legal team and monitoring team consist of more than 300 people, distributed nationwide to check whether there is any violation of our broadcasting rights, starting May 1, 2014 onward. The prices vary on a case by case basis, starting at 30,000 baht. Authorized businesses must display the permission document in a visible place for the team to verify in coordination with the police. This is to minimize disturbance during the monitoring process and to avoid interrupting the business,” said Sutthisak.

          Any business or organization interested in applying for the permission or requesting further information can contact TCC at 02-938-8000 or fax 02-938-8894. Regional teams can also be reached at the contact numbers below: 
          Group 1: Bangkok and neighboring provinces, contact Khun Patamaporn Sathorn at 084-700-3433.
          Group 2: Central and Western regions, contact Khun Thitiyaporn Ngamsaeng at 084-700-3409.
          Group 3: Eastern region, contact Khun Chotinin Arunothai at 085-488-7308.
          Group 4: Northeastern region, contact Khun Ruengdech Rinin at 084-700-3407.
          Group 5: Northern region, contact Khun Phusit Sukwattanphol at 084-874-3441.
          Group 6: Southern region, contact Khun Thanes Kamhaeng at 084-700-3408.
          For information on license fees for events, contact: 
          1. Khun Suchada Chaiman Tel: 085-488-7293
          2. Khun Nichakan Khunkhlai Tel: 085-488-7299
          3. Khun Kultharee Thawornpaisit Tel: 081-808-8749
          4. Khun Siripreeya Taksri Tel: 084-700-3431