China News | Vietnamese Tech Firm Sues Tiktok alleging Copyright Infringement

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Vietnamese technology firm, VNG has filed a lawsuit in the people’s court of Ho Chi Minh City against a popular short-form video app, TikTok for copyright infringement.

The plaintiff alleges that the Chinese-owned firm is using audio tracks owned by Zing, a VNG subsidiary, without the company’s consent or a license.

VNG Corporation is a Vietnam-based technology firm founded in 2004, known for its online games, music streaming, and messaging applications.

The plaintiff reportedly said that TikTok has gained popularity in a short while as it has recorded 10 million users as at August 2020 with millions of short-clip videos.

The plaintiff reportedly said that the use of its audio tracks without permission has caused lots of damages, unfair competition, and confusion.

VNG requests TikTok remove all music segments taken from Zing records from both the TikTok application and website and indemnification for damages of over 221 billion dong ($9.5 million).

The case is ongoing.

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