US publisher to sue book pirates in Vietnam

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Compass, a US publishing group, said Tuesday it will file lawsuits against several businesses in Vietnam which have pirated its TOEIC and TOEFL iBT books.

Joanne Jalbert, the group's Director of Business, Marketing and International Copyrights, said the group will sue at least businesses in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, including a foreign language center, that have violated intellectual products of the group.

Jalbert was speaking at a conference organized in Ho Chi Minh City to announce the sale of the books' copyrights to Tri Viet - First News Company. Many illegal copies of books published by Compass were displayed at the ceremony.

She said Compass will follow the lawsuits to the end with strong action, the Tuoi Tre reported.

Illegal copies of more than 150 titles published by the group are available in the market, and some sell for more than the original ones, First News said at the conference. 

Nguyen Van Phuoc, director of First News, said that many pirating units have cheated customers by putting high price tags on the book and offering big discounts later.

The books were also pirated by many universities and foreign language centers, Phuoc said.

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