Build Up Copyright Culture

      Nowadays, the importance of intellectual property (IP) goes beyond the simple protection of intellectual property and becomes a very dynamic field that has impacts on all aspects of social and cultural life. Training and research institutions in general as well as universities, colleges in particular are not excluded from the direct impacts of such a system.

      Being driven by that need, in mid- August, a training workshop was organized for HSPH staff and lecturers with facilitators from Ministry of Science and Technology; Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to deliver the basic concepts about IP, especially copyrights and IP directly related to training and scientific research outcomes in the university. During the workshop, HSPH staff and lecturers obtained highly practical and applicable contents from the experts such as: legislation on IP, protection of copyrights and relevant rights in universities, registration for copyright protection, etc.



Photos: Expert from Ministry of Science & Technology; Ministry of Culture, Sports & Tourism presented in the workshop

      Currently, in the world, there is many international legal system of copyright and other relevant rights. Vietnam is also a member of multilateral treaties, bilateral agreements in this area such as the Berne Convention dated 26/10/2004, Geneva Conventions dated 06/07/2005, the TRIPS Agreement dated 11/01/2007, the Agreement between the The Socialist Republic of Vietnam and Swiss Confederation on the protection of IPR and cooperation in the field of IPR on 07/07/1999, etc. In Vietnam, many law management documents on Copyright and Related Rights was promulgated to create the legal framework and enforcement rights include: Civil Code in 2015, Law on intellectual property in 2005, Law on handling administrative violations in 2012, Customs laws, and other relevant laws as publishing, media, cultural heritage, film, science and technology, information technology, etc.

       For universities, common violations of copyrights and intellectual property laws could be mentioned as impersonation of author or co-author; publishing works without permission of the copyright owner; distributing copies of work. Also in this workshop, discussion and recommendations were made by HSPH staff and lecturers on solutions to enhance enforcement of IP law in the university, IP communication, development of training programs and utilization of tools to detect copyright infringement, and establishment of IP specific section and regulations in HSPH.