Vietnam vows to cut software piracy to 70%

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software-violation-vnThe Vietnam government with the help of international organisations has vowed to fight more intensely against software piracy in the country. The software piracy rate is now 81 per cent, a decrease of 11 percent from the 92 per cent rate in 2004, and should be reduced to 70 per cent by 2018.

A series of inspection tours have been made recently in Vietnam to identify businesses and individuals using pirated software. Meanwhile, a software piracy lawsuit has been raised, for the first time in the country, VietnamNet reported.

The global anti-piracy group Business Software Alliance (BSA) on December 18, 2013 officially announced its decision to take legal proceedings against Gold John Dong Nai Vietnam International Company Ltd., a Taiwanese-owned enterprise which produces shoe fabric for Nike, Adidas and Converse and has been accused of using software products without permission.

The plaintiffs are Lac Viet Company and Microsoft Vietnam, which accuse the Taiwanese enterprise of using their software products illegally, saying they use pirated software which would costs $45,000 if purchased legally.

This is the first time that violations in software copyright have been brought to the court in Vietnam.

According to Vu Ngoc Hoan, Acting Director of the Copyright Agency under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, copyright piracy cases have been dealt with as civil, administrative and criminal cases. Administrative measures, under which violators have to pay fines, have been used in most of the cases. However, the fines are not heavy enough to deter the violators.

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The Vietnam government with the help of international organisations has vowed to fight more intensely against software piracy in the country. The software piracy rate is now 81 per cent, a decrease of 11 percent from the 92 per cent rate in 2004, and should be reduced to 70 per cent by 2018.

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software-violation-vnThe Vietnam government with the help of international organisations has vowed to fight more intensely against software piracy in the country. The software piracy rate is now 81 per cent, a decrease of 11 percent from the 92 per cent rate in 2004, and should be reduced to 70 per cent by 2018.

A series of inspection tours have been made recently in Vietnam to identify businesses and individuals using pirated software. Meanwhile, a software piracy lawsuit has been raised, for the first time in the country, VietnamNet reported.

The global anti-piracy group Business Software Alliance (BSA) on December 18, 2013 officially announced its decision to take legal proceedings against Gold John Dong Nai Vietnam International Company Ltd., a Taiwanese-owned enterprise which produces shoe fabric for Nike, Adidas and Converse and has been accused of using software products without permission.

The plaintiffs are Lac Viet Company and Microsoft Vietnam, which accuse the Taiwanese enterprise of using their software products illegally, saying they use pirated software which would costs $45,000 if purchased legally.

This is the first time that violations in software copyright have been brought to the court in Vietnam.

According to Vu Ngoc Hoan, Acting Director of the Copyright Agency under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, copyright piracy cases have been dealt with as civil, administrative and criminal cases. Administrative measures, under which violators have to pay fines, have been used in most of the cases. However, the fines are not heavy enough to deter the violators.

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