Vietnam publisher gets compensation, apology in piracy lawsuit

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A Ho Chi Minh City-based publisher said Thursday that one of the two companies it has sued for copyright infringements has agreed to pay compensation and make a public apology.

The lawsuits that Tri Viet First News Company filed against Duy Khang Education and Training Co., Ltd. and Hoi Viet Uc Co., Ltd. are believed to be the first of their kind in Vietnam.

After three hearings in court Duy Khang agreed to pay VND380 million (US$1,800) for publishing and selling Tri Viet's English exercise books with audio CDs to students at its English language center.

Tri Viet had itself bought the right to publish the TOEIC and TOEFL textbooks from US group Compass.

The other defendant, Hoi Viet Uc, has yet to agree to compensation or an apology, but has admitted to its violation and attended two conciliation hearings, news website Dan Tri reported Thursday.

"It is stubbornness and defiance of the law," Nguyen Van Phuoc, director of Tri Viet, said.

His company is "determined to pursue the lawsuit," making the copyright violations by Vietnam Australia English Center, operated by Hoi Viet Uc, public and bringing it to justice, he stressed.

According to the news website, Tri Viet opted for legal action last March following failed efforts to stop foreign language schools and centers from pirating its copyrighted books.


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In 2008, following the company's complaints, the HCMC Department of Information (now the HCMC Department of Information and Communication) fined some violators who claimed to have no idea about copyright laws in Vietnam or the Berne Convention.

They also promised to desist from violations in future,.

But the violations continued until 2011 when Tri Viet and Compass held a press conference naming violators, but this too failed to stop the piracy.

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