Publishers fined for breaking copyright laws

Ho Chi Minh City’s Department of Information and Communications has slapped a fine of VND20 million on M.T.H Co., Ltd. for publishing some school books that have been copyrighted by another publisher.

Inspectors investigate student book copies without the permission from Tri Viet publisher at the Dong Au Foreign Language School on Oct. 21, 2008. (Photo: Tuoi Tre)

The District 1-based company has been found guilty of knocking off English books printed by Tri Viet (First News) and selling them to Dong Au (Eastern Europe) foreign language school in the city.

The Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) has fined FPT Telecom, NBN Communications joint stock company, and Hong Duc publishing company for copyright infringement after they published an FPT yearbook titled FPT-sử ký 20 năm (FPT-20 years of history).

FPT has been fined VND10 million for using the font and phrase in the Declaration of Independence by President Ho Chi Minh.

It also received a fine of VND8 million for changing the lyrics of the song Hà Nội niềm tin và hi vọng (Ha Noi, belief and hope) by musician Phan Nhan.

NBN has been fined VND15 million for violating publishing laws.

Hong Duc got VND10 million for violating its license terms and VND3 million for failing to put its name on the cover of the yearbook.

By T.Vy – Translated by H.Mien

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