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Movie rights of Tham Luang rescue become an issue

The Ministry of Culture is mulling an idea of setting up a national ad hoc committee to handle the copyright of the information related to the Tham Luang cave rescue operations in the wake of interest shown by several movie production houses to make films about what has come to be known as one of the world's most dramatic rescue missions.

Culture Minister Veera Rotepojanarat said Thursday that five foreign movie production houses have shown keen interest in producing movies about the Tham Luang rescue operations. Three of them have approached the Foreign Ministry and the other two have contacted private agencies here, he said.

Thai movie producers have not yet made known their interest, he said, adding that the National Theatre Board had no objection to documentary or short movie projects based on the Tham Luang event as he believes distortion of the event by the producers is unlikely because the information about the rescue operations has already been disseminated worldwide.

Mr Veera said he would prefer to having a national ad hoc panel to handle the copyright issue to protect the right of privacy of the 12 young footballers and their coach to handle productions.

He expected the idea of an ad hoc committee to be submitted to the Cabinet for consideration on July 24.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (ThaiPBS

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