Several categories of material are generally not protected under Vietnamese copyright law. These include among others:
- Information merely for news reporting purpose such as daily short pieces of news in newspapers which are merely for news reporting purpose and therefore not creative;
- Legal normative documents, administrative documents, other documents in the judicial sector and the official translation thereof. Administrative documents include documents of State agencies, political organization, socio-political organizations, socio-political and professional organizations, social organizations, socio-professional organizations, economic organizations, units of people’s armed forces and other organizations in accordance with the law;
- Processes, systems, method of operation, definitions, principles and statistics.