|A scene from Once Upon a Time. — VNA File Photo|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — The Hà Nội People’s Court is considering a lawsuit filed by Tuần Châu Hà Nội JSC against stage director Việt Tú over intellectual rights to the company’s show Quintessence of Tonkin, which depicts the daily life of Vietnamese farmers.
In a back-and-forth legal battle, the stage director has also sued the company over infringement of intellectual rights which he claimed had been based on his original show Once Upon a Time.
Tuần Châu claims the intellectual rights to the show covered Việt Tú’s expenses during his overseas study trips and hired him to create the concept. The director, however, registered the show as his intellectual property, according to the company.
Once Upon a Time was first staged in June 2016 but quickly stopped without an explanation. The Quintessence of Tonkin, a show with many similarities to Việt Tú’s, was staged in October 2017. Tú was quoted as saying he wanted the company to pay up to VNĐ7.2 billion (US$310,000) in royalties. — VNS