Vietnam Center for Protection of Music Copyright collected VND32 billion (US$1.6 million) in music copyright fees in 2010.
|Representative of the Ho Chi Minh City-based Phu Nhuan Services Joint-stock Company (Maseco), a local karaoke player producer (L) and musician Dinh Trung Can of the Vietnam Center for Protection of Music sign a contract on using songs. (Photo: Sggp)|
The fees came from TV, radio, internet, performances, music books, supermarkets, ring tones, karaoke, bars, coffee shops, hotels and restaurants. The copyright fee from karaoke alone was VND3 billion (US$150,000).
The Southern Branch of Vietnam Center for Protection of Music Copyright received VND20 billion, showing an increase of 138.5 percent compared to 2009.
Vietnam Center for Protection of Music Copyright is a nonprofit organization to help authors obtain compensation if their works are reprinted or copied and undertakes the responsibility of collecting fees for writers.
In 2005, the Center joined the International Confederation of Authors and Composers Societies (CISAC) which includes 229 authors’ societies from 121 countries.
This makes it convenient for Vietnamese authors to receive compensation from countries and territories that have a signed bilateral contract with the Vietnam Center for Protection of Music Copyright.