Many complaints from multiple record companies and music copyright agencies have been received by the DSI Eastern Branch and there is additional pressure from the United States of America who are threatening to ban the sale of US-made music in Thailand if their Music Piracy Rating increases.

A total of 20 Karaoke Bars were visited by almost 50 DSI Officers and most of them were either completely owned or partly owned by Police Officers who allegedly offer protection to the bars in exchange for up to 70% of the bars’ profits.

Jukeboxes were seized and prosecutions will be initiated by the DSI who are warning all bar owners.

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