How to register copyright in Vietnam?

You do not need to apply for copyright registration to enjoy copyright protection in Vietnam. In compliance with the Berne Convention to which Vietnam is a signatory, Vietnam Copyright Law provides that “Copyright shall arise at the time a work is created and fixed in a particular material form, regardless of its content, quality, form, mode, or language, and regardless of whether such work has been published or registered." As such, statutorily, copyright is an automatic right that does not require registration, which means that the author or creator acquires copyright immediately upon completion of the original work. However, IPR...

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Difference between Copyright and Industrial Design Right

Under the Law on Intellectual Property of Vietnam (the IP Law), intellectual property rights mean the rights of organizations and individuals to intellectual assets, including copyright and copyright-related the rights, industrial properly rights and rights to plant varieties. Meanwhile, industrial property rights mean the rights of organizations and individuals to inventions, industrial designs, layout-designs of semiconductor integrated circuits, trade secrets, trade marks, trade names, geographical indications and trade secrets they have created or own, and the right to repression of unfair competition....

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Industrial Design Or Copyright Protection, Which You May Be Unaware Of?

In a recent court decision, a High People's Court affirmed the decision made by a lower-level court, in INTERLEGO AG v. Tianjin COKO Toy Co., Ltd. regarding copyright infringement of the Lego bricks. In its landmark decision, the high court confirmed industrial designs' dual protection under patent and copyright law as works of applied art....

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6 benefits of registering a work for copyright protection in Vietnam – Why should a work be registered with Copyright Office of Vietnam?

In conformity with Berne Convention, the IP Law of Vietnam also provides, under Article 6.1, that “Copyright shall arise at the moment a work is created and fixed in a certain material form, irrespective of its content, quality, form, mode and language and irrespective of whether or not such work has been published or registered”. The aforesaid legislation means that copyright registration is not a pre-requisite for entitlement of copyright protection and proceeding with legal actions. A work is automatically protected in Vietnam without having to register it with Vietnamese competent authority....

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Sanctions/Remedies against Copyright Infringement in Vietnam

Copyright infringement may be subject to administrative or criminal sanctions, depending on severity of the infringement. Further, the copyright owner may also take a court action to claim a compensation for damages caused by the copyright infringement. Below is a summary of sanctions/remedies under administrative, criminal or civil proceedings pertaining to copyright infringement in Vietnam....

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Questions on copyright in Vietnam

Copyright and copyright related rights are categories in intellectual property rights which is codified and recognized under Vietnam Intellectual Property Law 2005, revised in 2009 (“Vietnam IP Law”). Copyright related rights (related rights) are a special type of copyright and are separate from the author’s rights. Related rights are defined as rights of an organization or individual to performances, audio and visual fixation, and broadcasts and satellite signals carrying coded programmes (Article 4.3, Vietnam IP Law). ...

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Other questions on copyrights in Vietnam

Vietnam is currently a member of five international copyright conventions and treaties: the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works (the Berne Convention); the International Convention for the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organizations (Rome Convention); the Convention for the Protection of Producers of Phonograms Against Unauthorized Duplication of Their Phonograms (Geneva Convention); the Brussels Convention Relating to the Distribution of Programme-Carrying Signals Transmitted by Satellite (Brussels Convention); and the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs Agreement). In addition, Vietnam has signed bilateral agreements and memoranda for closer cooperation and strengthening...

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Guideline for Copyright issues in Vietnam

What are the requirements for copyright to subsist in a work? KENFOX: Per Article 14.3 of Vietnam IP Law, a work must be created directly by authors through their intellectual labor without copying others’ works. As a matter of practice, to quality for copyright protection in Vietnam, a work must be of originality (i.e. an author's own intellectual creation) and creativity (i.e. a sufficient amount of intellectual creativity). Copyright subsists since the time the work is fixed in a tangible medium (irrespective of its content, quality, form, mode and language and irrespective of whether or not such work has been published...

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Questions on Copyright Enforcement in Vietnam

Copyright infringement in Vietnam, besides being settled under civil route, is handled under administrative route or criminal route. Per Article 200, Vietnam IP Law, Vietnamese enforcement bodies include: + Copyright enforcement bodies under administrative route: (i) Inspectorates of Ministry/Departments of Culture, Sports and Tourism. (ii) Market Management Offices; (iii) Customs Offices; (iv) Police Agencies ...

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