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Streaming in High Definition: The Guide to Paid TV Compliance in Vietnam

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By: Dezan Shira & Associates
Editor: Anais Robin

With internet penetration increasing annually by 10 percent, opportunities abound for internet based services within the Vietnamese market. Entertainment, and paid access to streaming video content in particular, is well positioned to gain traction within a market characterized by low levels of provider competition and high access to low cost mobile media consumption devices.

However, just as Vietnam’s consumer base is increasing rapidly, so too are the tools with which it regulates these industries. As companies as large as Netflix continue to face compliance issues, the importance of careful due diligence cannot be overstated.

In following article, Vietnam Briefing outlines laws, guidance, and issues of compliance surrounding the provision of streaming video services within Vietnam. Any questions that may arise should be directed to relevant government officials or qualified investment professionals to ensure compliance.

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Vietnam Regulatory Brief: Updated Vehicle Codes, Netflix in Hot Water, and What to Make of Loosening Gambling Restrictions

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New law on fire extinguishers in vehicles opposed

Vietnamese authorities issued a new law which states that fire extinguishers must be installed in vehicles with four to nine seats effective 6 January. Vehicles that do not comply with the order will be fined US $13-22. In addition, as per regulations outlined in Circular 57, the fire extinguishers must be checked and maintained every six months.

As of May 2015, there were more than 950,000 such vehicles which would fall under the new law. However, the Ministry of Public Security has ordered the police not to fine vehicles until further discussions. The authority said that several factors have to be considered before fines are imposed, though it will allow the police to educate drivers about the new regulation.

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Decree 118/2015: A Guide to Vietnam’s Evolving BIT Policy

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By: Dezan Shira & Assoicates
Editor:  Anaïs Robin

After months of delay by Vietnamese authorities, Decree 118/2015 went into force on November 27, 2015.

Providing implementation guidance on the Investment Law of 2014, 118/2015 clarifies a number of provisions with the aim of further facilitating foreign investment. The following article sheds light on specific guidance found within the decree regarding international law and investment treaties.

One of the most important areas of treaty guidance found under the aforementioned decree concerns overlapping investment agreements. With many firms entering into Vietnam under the protection and regulation of multiple Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) signed by their home governments, 118/2015’s requirements for the application of a single treaty is important to note.  

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Vietnam Regulatory Brief: Preferential Customs Treatment, Interest Rate Decrease for Dollar Deposits, and GM Food Labelling

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This edition of Vietnam Regulatory Brief examines new preferential customs treatment for companies in compliance in Vietnam, an elimination of interest on dollar denominated deposits, and new labeling for GM foods.

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Vietnam Regulatory Brief: Import and Export Procedures, Changes to the Investment Law, and VAT Holidays

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This edition of Vietnam Regulatory Brief examines new, eased import/export procedures, changes to Vietnam’s Investment Law, and a VAT holiday for troubled investments.

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Trademarks in Vietnam – Part Two

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By: Dezan Shira & Associates
Editor: Ellena Brunetti

In part two of this multi-part series, Vietnam Briefing takes a closer look at trademarks, how to get them, and their enforcement in the country. Please click here to read part one.

In terms of obtaining a trademark, Vietnam is like many of its ASEAN neighbors in adopting a “first to file” registration system, meaning the first party to file the mark has rights to it granted. This article will examine both national and international strategies for trademark protection in Vietnam.

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Vietnam Regulatory Brief: Pharmaceuticals, Eased Visa Restrictions for US Citizens, and the Finance Ministry’s e-Portal

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This edition of Vietnam Regulatory Brief examines new, streamlined regulations for pharmaceutical companies, possible eased visa restrictions for US business people, and an unveiled e-portal for Vietnam’s finance ministry.

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Vietnam Regulatory Brief: New Machinery Import Regulations, Gambling at Airports, and Publicly Listed Company Disclosures

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This edition of Vietnam Regulatory Brief examines new allowances for the import of used machinery, a push for slot machines at airports, and new disclosure requirements for publicly traded companies.

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Vietnam Regulatory Brief: Minimum Wage Hikes, Business License Fines, a New Circular on Mineral Exports, and Auto Part Tax Cuts

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This edition of Vietnam Regulatory Brief examines new minimum wage rules, a crackdown on incorrect business licenses, and a new draft circular on mineral exports.

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Trademarks in Vietnam – Part One

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By: Dezan Shira & Associates
Editor: Ellena Brunetti

In part one of this multi-part series, Vietnam Briefing takes a closer look at trademarks, how to get them, and their enforcement in the country.

A trademark, also known as marks, brands or brand names, is defined by the article 4.16 of the 2009 IP law as a sign used to distinguish the goods or services of one producer/service provider from those of another.

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