Friday, June 13, 2008

How to kill the thai Internet industry (part 2) : porn, porn and porn of course

We left this unfolding great Saga “How to kill the thai Internet industry”... here...

A poor thai bloke, managing a free hosting website, was arrested. His crime ? Another man sent a picture -naked ! shocking- of his ex girlffriend on the website... ;-)

Now it's time for the part 2.

Police have arrested a webmaster for posting pornographic photos for trade and distribution on his website, one of 200-300 sites containing sexually explicit content based in Thailand.

Boonyarit Arunsap, 25, the webmaster of, was apprehended on Tuesday on the 13th floor of the CAT Telecom building on Charoen Krung road in Bang Rak district.

Police from the Children, Juveniles and Women division and Information and Communications Technology Ministry officials allegedly found him using his computer to download and share lewd content via Bit Torrent, a file-sharing programme.

Police charged him with allowing sexually obscene content into a computer system under his supervision for public access with the purpose of trading or sharing pornographic photos.

The offence under the Computer Crime Act is punishable by up to five years in jail and a 100,000 baht fine.

Police seized seven computers from his office and 14 more from an office on the 14th floor for examination.

According to police, Mr Boonyarit said his website was intended for the public to exchange their views. But at least 10 porn websites had used his site to post sexually-explicit photos, messages or links to other obscene sites, police said. (Bangkok Post)

It's just another example of what the authorities can do with the infamous Computer Crime Law. The guy was running a public website... other people use it to share porn... And voila !

This law is a monstrosity.

It was designed by the Junta. And now, it's used by a civilian government, democratically elected, blablabla.

Political sides that seems in conflict are perfectly on the same line for some matters...

Anyway, the message is clear and loud : you're thai ? You have an Internet business located in Thailand ? Get the hell out of there.

[by the way, thanks to Bangkok Pundit : I've learned a new expression... "streisand effect" ;-) ]

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