Thu. May 19th, 2022

Publisher continues on anti-piracy crusade

The Tri Viet (First News) Publishing House’s publications were found to be illegally printed at the private Huy Thi printing centre.–VNS Photo

HCM CITY (VNS)– The Tri Viet (First News) Publishing House, a well-known, HCM City-based English language academic publisher, has officially taken out a lawsuit against the private printing centre Huy Thi, for violation of copyright.

Two years ago, the centre was found to have illegally printed 10,000 books as well as selling a number of pirated publications. The centre was fined VND12 million (US$600) and resumed operations as normal.

Now the publisher is demanding that the centre increases the amount of compensation.

This is the fourth time the publishing house has pursued a law suit on copyright infringements, but the first time it has sued a publishing body.

Previously, Tri Viet sued foreign language-training centres for using illegally-copied publications during their operations.

The pirated books were allegedly photocopied and sold in many training centres. In 2009, 2010 and 2011, Tri Viet discovered that various localities had copied Tri Viet’s books and CDs. Tri Viet had originally bought the publishing rights from the US-based company Compass Media.

“We’ll pursue every infringement through the courts. We don’t want the training centres to go bankrupt and we also want to reach an agreement for the future. We’ll spend VND100 million of the money we receive in compensation on scholarships for poor but hard-working students,” said the head of the publishing house Nguyen Van Phuoc. – VNS

By vivian