“The acts of copying and cropping the contents of articles, images and videos that have been posted on the official websites of the organizations or individuals might be subject to administrative sanctions and even criminal ones in many cases.
The contents which are often associated with copyright infringement on the internet include articles, images and videos.
Vietnamese law protects the copyright for the contents posted on the websites of the organizations and individuals from the moment that such contents are created and expressed by the author in a certain form, regardless being published and registered or not.
Some acts that are considered as copyright infringement may include:
The fine for copyright infringement
Law on Intellectual Property provides two mechanisms to deal with violations of copyright:
Besides, some remedial measures may be applied:
The works protected by copyright must satisfy two criteria:
Images, videos (recordings, video recordings)
Recordings and video recordings are protected by law when the producers or publishers of such images and videos fall into one of the following cases:
Copyright protection for both foreign organizations and individuals
Vietnamese law also protects the copyright of foreign individuals and organizations for the contents which have been published:
The term of copyright protection
Copyright is protected indefinitely for : The name the works; real name or pseudonym on the work; the integrity of the work.
The term of copyright protection for the works of cinematographic, photography, theater, applied art and anonymous ones shall be fifty years commencing from commencing from the work’s first publication. The term of protection for those which do not belong to aforementioned kinds shall last throughout the life of the author and the next fifty years after the author’s death; in the case of co-authored works, the term of protection shall expire on the fiftieth year after the last co-author’s death;
Legal solutions to protect copyright
When the copyright infringement is discovered, depend on the severity of the infringement, organizations or individuals may :
Before you submit a request to the state for rights protection, individuals who have been violated should collect evidences (take screenshots of copying sites, collect the relevant data, etc.). It is necessary to search for the assistance of experts for guidance and preparation of legal documents to file a petition within the statute of limitation.
Besides the mentioned legal solutions, PLF Law Firm encourages you to use some of the following technological means to prevent and stop the content posted on your websites from being copied and cropped: