Vietnam will increase fines for software piracy, moving quickly to implement its new World Trade Organization commitments, an official said Wednesday.

The top penalty for piracy is now 100 million dong ($6,250), but the Ministry of Culture and Information is working on a decree that would raise that limit, said department director Vu Manh Chu. Individuals and companies using pirated software could be fined up to five times the value of the software when the new rule takes effect, he said.