First New book publishing company has sued two international English medium schools in Ho Chi Minh City for pirating some of its textbooks.
Nguyen Van Phuoc, Director of First News, shows pirated copies of textbooks. (Photo: Sggp)
The Uc Chau International Language School at 203, Vo Van Ngan Street in Thu Duc District and International Vietnamese Australia Society at 429 Tung Thien Vuong Street in District 8 have been sued by First News for copyright infringement.
Nguyen Van Phuoc, Director of First News, said that many language schools and centres have pirated books published by the group, with Uc Chau International Language School and International Vietnamese Australia Society being the most blatant.
According to the lawyer representing First News, the above mentioned schools must pay a compensation of VND760 million (US$36,000) to First News.
The lawsuit aims to raise awareness in people and respect for the copyright law. First News has spent nearly VND1 billion on the lawsuit, the director added.
According to Le Hoang, Chairman of the Board of Directors of First News, when he was Director of Tre Publishing House ten years ago, he was often faced with copyright infringement and pirated books. Many publishers did not have the money to file lawsuits at that time.
First News is one of the publishing houses that have a large number of literary works that have been pirated and sold at a higher price than the original copy, by many foreign language centres.
First News is the first publishing company to sue for copyright infringement, and intends to follow up with strong action.
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