A US Trade representatives report (USTR) has placed Nehru Place amongst the world’s top 30 notorious IT markets for dealing with goods and services infringing intellectual property rights. The electronic shopping arcade in South Delhi is known for its hi-tech display of gadgets at low prices.
According to the report, “Nehru Place is one of the many markets in major cities throughout India that are known for dealing in large volumes of pirated software, pirated optical media containing movies and music, and counterfeit goods.”
Leading the pack with the largest number of markets that deal in infringing goods and services is China. The country is known for trading computers with illegal operating systems and pre-installed software, deemed unlawful. The trading generally happens in the Buy Now PC Malls, which have 22 shops across China. Other markets indulging in counterfeiting products include the Fu’an footwear and accessory market in Putian, Luohu Commercial Center in Shenzhen; Silk market in Beijing; and small commodities markets in Yiwu.
Among the markets that facilitate and sustain global piracy are the Urdu Bazaars in Karachi and Lahore. The bazaars are a hub for all services related to printing and publishing, with wholesalers selling paper, stationary and other materials required in the publishing industry. Interestingly, even Nehru place has a vast array of printing presses offering quality deal.
In a bid to crack down on these markets that effect the functioning of legitimate businesses, the USTR has found a technique. They have started applauding the actions of some markets which are trying to get rid of their virtual and physical marketplaces dealing with pirated goods. They also encourage governments taking enforcement actions to shut down these markets.