New VN Internet regulations from September

VN Internet, MIC official

Vietnam’s Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) has announced new Internet, social networking and gaming regulations covering online management, licensing and copyrights in the country. The new laws go into effect in September.

Some critics have labelled the new Vietnamese regulations as a threat to bloggers, which the government denies.

In a press statement, the ministry said, “Individuals have the right to collect and share information on social networks, (but are obligated) to cite (the source) and attach a link so that others can refer to the original information. The decree aims to protect intellectual property rights and the copyright of press agencies.”

The ministry also notes that Vietnam has the third highest Internet growth rate in Southeast Asia, with over 31.3 million internet users (36 per cent of the population) and that the Vietnamese online games industry earned circa 6 trillion VND (US$282 million) last year, employing about 7500 people in the country.