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Vietnam, RoK hold copyrights forum in Hanoi

The Vietnam – Republic of Korea copyrights forum took place in Hanoi on October 31 to discuss issues concerning copyrights management in digital environment. 

Speaking at the opening ceremony, head of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism’s Copyright Office of Vietnam Bui Nguyen Hung said the event affords a chance to review legal enforcement on copyrights and acquire the RoK’s experience in the field. 

Hung said Vietnam has a basic legal framework to protect intellectual property (IP) rights, a national strategy on the development of IP rights, joined international agreements on IP protection and raised public awareness of IP rights. 

However, there remain loopholes in protecting copyrights in Vietnam due to lax regulations and inefficient management, he said. 

Kim Chan-dong from the RoK’s Copyrights Committee said piracy on digital networks has spread in both Vietnam and the RoK, especially since the emergence of the Internet-of-Thing amid the fourth industrial revolution. 

Since 2015, the RoK has built a copyrights policy and a plan to respond to technological change, he said. 

Kim suggested that both countries should strengthen training cooperation and awareness campaigns about copyrights protection, build a close cooperation system between the two governments, and create an environment to tap works via collaboration with the Collective Management Organisation. 

About broadcast rights protection, Deputy Director of the RoK’s MBC station Lee Chang-hun said the RoK is one of the five countries incurring the most severe loss from copyrights piracy, amounting to an estimated over 1 trillion won. 

A 2016 study by the MBC showed that the use of pirated contents tripled the legal ones. 

To cope with the issue, the RoK established copyrights associations abroad to monitor and prevent revenues from unlicensed websites. 

Nguyen Thanh Van, head of the IP unit from the Vietnam Television’s Inspection Department said its TV programmes are copied and broadcast massively on the Internet and sold to the market in compact disk form.