Thursday, December 21, 2006

Counterfeiters Prevent Other Counterfeiters From Copying Them

Melinda Liu of Newsweek went to Yaxiu shopping mall in Beijing to get a first hand experience of the IPR infringement problem the new "strategic economic dialogue” between China and the United States, among other things such as the US trade surplus, should help solve. The U.S. delegation, headed by U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, includes no fewer than six cabinet secretaries.

Liu wrote:

"The IPR headache is intertwined with the problems of market access—another big item on Paulson’s agenda. The piracy of foreign films, which is exacerbated by restricted access to the film market, is a case in point."

Liu noticed that of the DVD counterfeiters:
"[s]ome of them ironically put special “trademarks” on their own bootleg products to prevent other counterfeiters from copying their copies."

Read Liu's article here.

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