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Viet Nam copyright law

Penal Code

Law No. 37/2009/QH12 of June 19, 2009, amending and supplementing a number of articles of the penal code



"Article 170a. Infringing upon copyright and related rights

1. Those who without permission of holders of copyright or related rights, commit either of the following acts of infringing upon copyright or related rights currently protected in Vietnam on a commercial scale, shall be imposed a fine of between fifty million and five hundred million dong or subject to non-custodial reform for up to two years:

a/ Reproducing works, phonograms or video recordings;

b/ Distributing to the public copies of works, phonograms or video recordings.

2. Committing the crime in either of the following circumstances, offenders shall be imposed a fine of between four hundred million and one billion dong or sentenced to between six months and three years of imprisonment:

a/ In an organized manner;

b/ Committing the crime more than once.

3. Offenders may also be imposed a fine of between twenty million and two hundred million dong, banned from holding certain posts or practicing certain professions or performing certain jobs for between one and five years."





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