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Ho Chi Minh City (VNA) – Japanese experts in the field of copyright and related right protection shared experience with their Vietnamese colleagues in how to develop collective management organisations (CMOs) for copyright and related rights at a workshop on January 28.

Director General of the Copyright Office of Vietnam Bui Nguyen Hung said CMOs in Vietnam have operated for a while, but their capacity is limited. At the same time, many individuals and organisations in the country have low awareness about copyright and related rights. That is the reason why violations of copyright and related rights in Vietnam are still rampant, according to Hung.

Participants at the workshop made comparative assessment of the systems of CMOs in Vietnam and Japan and discussed in depth the management of performers’ rights in the digitalized environment.

Opportunities and challenges to the protection of copyrights and related rights in the era of digitalization were also an issue attracting great interest in the debate.

Regarding solutions to develop the system of CMOS in Vietnam, it was agreed that besides more communications campaigns, management agencies should facilitate the establishment of CMOs in fields which so far have no similar organisations. The licencing of copyrights and collecting copyright fees should be expanded, while CMOS also need to improve the transparency of their activities.

Participants urged reforming the distribution system to align with international standards, and boosting cooperation with foreign CMOs.

The CMOS currently operating in Vietnam include the Vietnam Centre for Protection of Music Copyright (established in 2002), the Recording Industry Association (2003) and the Vietnam Literary Copyright Centre (2004), the Vietnam Reproduction Right Organisation (2010) and recently, the Vietnam Association for Protection of Performing Artists.-VNA