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If you think China is the only world factory of counterfeits, you are wrong.|
Recent years, a new word ‘Shan Zhai’ became fashionable in China. It’s a kind of knock offs, but the producer has told you it’s fake. So many people still like to try these cheap goods though they usually have not good quality.
This article in Economists tells us what’s the reality of counterfeiting in the world. Now I know China’s knock-offs production is just at the beginning phase. Even NASA’s material can be false.
In China, all counterfeits are honest. The sellers will tell you this is imitation, and the buyer also won’t try to pretend her stuffs are authentic. It’s an attitude of life, as long as it’s not bad for health. I don’t think China will sign on a treaty to eliminate knock-offs, or the consumers will boycott it.
The spread of counterfeiting
Knock-offs catch on
IMITATION is supposed to be the sincerest form of flattery, but that is not how most brands see it. On March 1st Philip Morris, a tobacco giant, sued eight American retailers for selling counterfeit versions of its Marlboro cigarettes. Thanks to the rise of the internet and of extended international supply chains, and more recently, to the global economic downturn, counterfeit goods are everywhere. Fake Porsches and Ferraris zoom along the streets of Bangkok. A German bank has discovered an ersatz gold ingot made of tungsten in its reserves, according to a German television channel investigating persistent reports that many of the world’s financial institutions have been similarly hoodwinked. NASA, America’s space agency, has even bought suspect materials.
The OECD estimates that the international trade in counterfeit and pirated goods was worth around $250 billion in 2007. The International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition (IACC), a lobby group, says the true figure is actually closer to $600 billion, because the OECD’s estimate does not include online piracy or counterfeits that are sold in the same country as they are made. Counterfeit goods make up 5-7% of world trade, according to the IACC.
America appointed its first “IP tsar” last autumn and is developing a new enforcement strategy. The European Union has formed an anti-counterfeiting “observatory” to collect better data and disseminate tips on how best to detect fake goods. The EU, America and Japan, among others, are also discussing a new treaty, called the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), that would strengthen international controls on counterfeits and piracy. It is expected to be launched later this year.
But in China, where 80% of the world’s fake goods are thought to be produced, officials are loth to crack down on a thriving local business. China is not expected to sign ACTA—undermining it before it has even been unveiled. Perhaps China could make a just-as-good fake treaty instead.
http://www.economist.com/busines ... m?story_id=15610089