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Hanoi (VNA) – Measures to raise public awareness about copyrights violations in association with pirated publications were discussed at a workshop in Hanoi on June 20 held by the Vietnam Education Publishing House and the British Embassy in Vietnam.

The event is an activity in the framework of the UK Vietnam Fund of the embassy.

Deputy Director General of the Education Publishing House Le Thanh Anh said illegal printing and publishing have been rampant in Vietnam, seriously infringing the rights and legitimate interests of authors and publishers, and reducing the country’s prestige when joining the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works.

British Ambassador to Vietnam Gareth Ward said international, British and Vietnamese publishers are all facing the problem of pirated publication in the Vietnamese market.  

It is necessary to continue raising public awareness about the protection of copyrights to improve the country’s business environment, he said.

Participants at the workshop, who included delegates from State management agencies in education and publishing, market management agencies, the police, publishing houses and distributors, agreed that for the effective prevention of pirated publication, coordination is needed among all related sides. Readers should also join in saying no to illegally printed books, they said.-VNA