Is Counterfeiting Crackdown Making Things Worse?
from the driving-them-underground dept
It’s quite well known that, in many Asian countries, you could easily pick up cheap counterfeit goods at various stalls from street vendors. In some countries, of course, there are well known market places where all sorts of counterfeit goods can be bought. Recently, however, with a lot of pressure (usually from the US), local authorities have started to crack down on many of these sellers. Of course, that may have just made things easier for those sellers — many of whom have realized they have a much bigger market, and much less likelihood of being caught if they just sell products online instead. It’s yet another case where whoever is demanding the crackdown never bothers to think what happens next — and how that crackdown could actually spread counterfeit goods even further. Unfortunately, the actual article here is a bit weak — and short on details. Basically, it’s all anecdotal, and doesn’t delve into many of the actual questions. There’s one police official claiming that they’ve been successful tracking down online counterfeiters, but then quotes someone else talking about how counterfeiting online is booming in Korea (again, without any actual support). It certainly could be a very interesting trend to note, but it would be nicer if there were more data to back up the assertions one way or the other.