Monday, February 19, 2018

Vietnam to crackdown on copyright violators

IP News from KENFOXIn a move to deal with rampant piracy in the country, Vietnam plans to issue harsher punishments and higher fines on violators of Intellectual Property rights, reported the Vietnam Investment Review on Oct. 18.

Under a draft decree, organizations or individuals involved in Intellectual Property rights violations may be subject to temporary or permanent revocations of its business licenses.  Also, producers and sellers of fake products could face fines of up to 100 million VND (about 6,400 USD).

 

Stiffer fines are expected to reduce the rampant sales of fake products, especially electronic devices and popular sport brands like Nike and Adidas, said Tran Viet Hung, deputy head of Vietnam's National Office of Intellectual Property, adding that penalties stipulated in a decree issued in 1999 were relatively mild.

Also, organizations or individuals giving false information regarding rights ownership of any item will be fined 1-3 million VND (64-191 USD) instead of the current 0.5-2 million VND (32-128 USD), according to the decree.

Penalties will also be based on the value of property in question. For example, a fine of 15-30 million VND (955-1,910 USD) is proposed for producers of counterfeit goods worth 20-50 million VND (1,274-3,185 USD).

Vietnam has been making great efforts to combat piracy and comply with international rules on Intellectual Property rights.

At the eighth round of negotiations for its entry into the World Trade Organization in June 2004, the country basically pledged to abide by the organization's agreements, including the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property rights.

Also recently, Vietnam's Ministry of Culture and Information released guidelines for the implementation of the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works, of which the country is to become a full member on Oct. 26.

Accordingly, as of Oct. 1, professional organizers of art performances, publishers of audio tapes or discs and professional performance troupes are required to ask for permission of foreign authors, owners or legal representatives before using their works.

Book and copyright service centers were also established in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in an effort to adapt to the new publishing environment.

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