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Counterfeiting: 2020 Review of Notorious Markets for Counterfeiting and Piracy

The U.S. Department of Commerce has revealed its annual list of e-commerce platforms designated by intellectual property rights holders who are victims of online infringement. The most frequently named platforms are Amazon (as in previous years, amazon.com does not appear on the list), but the British (amazon.co.uk), German, (amazon.de), Spanish ( amazon.es), French (amazon.fr), and Italian (amazon.it) do, as well as Bukalapak, Dhgate, Mercadolibre, Pinduoduo, Shopee, Snapdeal, Taobao, Tokopedia, weidian.com, and WeChat.

The reasons given by right holders are recurrent:

  • the lack of accurate information supposed to identify the infringers;
  • the unreliability of the merchant’s validation process;
  • the lengthy and cumbersome nature of the counterfeit removal processes, including for rights holders participating in protection programs;
  • the lack of dissuasive measures against repeat infringers;
  • the lack of proactive measures in the detection of counterfeits;
  • the lack of responsiveness in removing counterfeits.

Source: The Office of the United States Trade Representative, 2020 Review of Notorious Markets for Counterfeiting and Piracy.


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