VietNamNet - Hanoi-based Technology Development and Informatics Company
(DTIC) was yesterday fingered for violations of software copyrights.
The case came to light in the third sweep of inspections this year by
the Ministry of Culture and Information in coordination with the
Hightech Crime Office under the Ministry of Public Security in Hanoi
and HCM City.
At the DTIC headquarters at 156 Ba Trieu Street, Hanoi, inspectors
seized 10 CPUs containing illegally copied versions of software
packages such as Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Office, Lac Viet
Multimedia Tool for Developing language skills, Vietkey 2000, and
Symantec Antivirus Corporate Edition.
Tran Van Minh, Deputy General Inspector of the Ministry of Culture and
Information, who led the inspection team, said that punishment against
DTIC would be announced soon, based on Decree 31/2001/ND-CP on
administrative violations of culture and information materials.
“Vietnam is still among countries with high rates of intellectual
property violation. The number of violations in 2005 was just as large
as those of 2004. We fined more than 3,000 people, pushed more than 100
cases through court, while only 10 cases were handled through
settlements,” said Deputy Head of the National Intellectual Property
Office, Tran Viet Hung.
Many experts observe that more control will be established when the
Intellectual Property Law takes effect this July 1.
(VietNamNet – 31 May, 2006)