The Vietnam Center for Protection of Music Copyrights (VCPMC) will, starting this month, on behalf of Trinh Cong Son's family, collect royalty from those who use the works of the late musician.
Son's younger sister Trinh Vinh Trinh, the family's representative, said that under a business contract signed between the family and VCPMC, the latter will have exclusive rights to all of Son's compositions, which run into several hundred songs.
The royalty collection will apply to performing, recording, ringtones, karaoke services nationwide and in 134 partner countries of the VCPMC.
At present, the music of Trinh Cong Son (1939-2001) is used illegally, including cases where the users don't know to whom to pay the royalty. It is also difficult to all users of his songs to contact the musician's family.
As soon as the contract was signed, VCPMC sent notices to music agencies with information about copyright purchases and payment modalities. The center has been asked to collect royalty dating back to four years ago.
Along with Pham Duy and Van Cao, Trinh Cong Son is widely considered one of the three outstanding figures of modern (non-classical) Vietnamese music.