Vietnam takes a more serious stand on football broadcast violationAAA IPRIGHT2
Recently, the Inspector of the Hanoi Department of Information and Communications fined 15 million VND against 3S National Technology Communication Joint Stock Company because of copyright infringement on the broadcast of football on television.
According to information from the Hanoi Department of Information and Communications, 3S National Technology Communication Joint Stock Company owns a domain name of ‘thethao.vn’. On October 22, 2022, this website published the article “Link to watch Chelsea vsMU live football, 23:30 on October 22” with a link to the website ‘90phut’.
This website shows illegal football tournaments, most clearly in the match between Chelsea and MU (Manchester United) on October 22, 2022. The match took place at Stamford Bridge with a 1-1 draw in the framework of the Premier League.
According to an official announcement on the issue of copyright to show the Premier League in Vietnam by K+ satellite digital television, K+ TV is the exclusive broadcast channel of the Premier League in Vietnam in the 2022-2023 with 380 matches conducted by the participation of 20 super football clubs worldwide.
The Premier League is broadcast by K+ throughout Vietnam through the most widely available platforms of all infrastructures, including: Satellite digital television with subscription packages “Convenience” and “Full” with the App K+.
On March 2, 2022, K+ Television announced that it had reached a copyright agreement to broadcast the Premier League football tournament in Vietnam for three consecutive seasons (2022-2025). This event marks 15 consecutive years that Vietnam has enjoyed the world’s most exciting and top-notch football tournament (besides the 2022 World Cup which is broadcast by VTV company in Vietnam with sponsorship from many parties, the biggest sponsor is VP Bank with VND 100 billion).
It is for this reason that on all K+ broadcast channels, mainly on Youtube, the 2022 World Cup has not been shown. Instead, Vietnamese football fans can watch World Cup matches again on VTV, VTV sports,… channels and the Premier League on K+.
Penalties for illegal football projection
Pursuant to Point a, Clause 2, Article 99 of Decree No. 15/2020/ND-CP dated February 3, 2020 of the Government providing for penalties for administrative violations in the fields of telecommunications, radio frequencies, information technology, network information security and electronic transactions (amended and supplemented in Decree No. 14/2022/ND-CP dated January 27, 2022 of the Government), Department Inspectors apply the form sanctioning administrative violations against 3S National Technology Communication Joint Stock Company with a fine of 15 million VND.
In addition, the Department Inspector also suggested that 3S International Technology Communication Joint Stock Company take the following remedial measures: forcibly removing the link to information that violates the law; forced revocation or forced return of domain thethao.vn.
Currently, 3S International Technology Communication Joint Stock Company has paid the fines and refunded the domain name.
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