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Issue Date: Vol. 49, No.5, May 2009, Posted On: 5/8/2009

Thailand's Cyber Cops Turn Up Heat On Megatouch Counterfeiters

by Staff Reporter
Merit Entertainment, Megatouch, Galaxy Edu-Hitech Co., Royal Thai Police, bar top games, countertop games, videogames, vending, arcades, coin-op, coin-operated, jukebox

Merit Entertainment completed its first successful action against piracy and copyright infringement in Thailand earlier this year. Officers in the Economic and Cyber Crime Division of the Royal Thai Police raided factories in Bangkok and Pattaya, which allegedly sold counterfeit Megatouch machines. Software and documentation were seized and the factories' managing directors were arrested.

Ecotech officers also shut down illegal Megatouch copies operating in four shopping malls in the Pattaya area. Staff attendants in the malls were arrested.

Merit's distributor in Thailand, Galaxy Edu-Hitech Co., assisted police in both raids.

Merit's director of government relations, Bob Fay, traveled to Bangkok in late March to meet with Police Major General Vongrungrot Kowit, commander of the cyber division, to personally present the officer and his team with a letter of appreciation.

"We believe these raids have sent a strong message that piracy and infringements of Merit's copyrights in Thailand will not be tolerated," Fay said.

Closer to home, Merit has checked into the case status of Nisan Naveh, who was arrested two years ago for selling counterfeit Megatouch equipment and gaming consoles on eBay from his New Jersey home. As a first-time offender, Naveh was able to enter into a Pre-Trial Intervention program in Morris County. He was sentenced to serve three years in the probationary program, during which time he must meet regularly with a probation officer, remain offense free and perform 50 hours of community service.

"We want to show our distributors that we are protecting their interests in the marketplace while sending the message to potential counterfeiters that illegally duplicating Megatouch products carries severe legal consequences," Fay said.

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