THE KING of Thailand has become involved in a landmark trade ruling that could have major implications for Thailand's huge trade in counterfeit T-shirts. The Thai Intellectual Property department has ruled that the manufacturer of a T-shirt carrying the picture of a stray dog adopted by King Bhumibol Adulyadej has copyright of the image for the rest of their life - and for a further 50 years beyond that. The decision means that makers of replica T-shirts will face fines of up to Pounds 13,000 and possible prison sentences of up to six years, ...

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