Stamp out the online trade in il­le­gal seals

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - COMMENT - ON SEV­ERAL DO­MES­TIC

e-com­merce plat­forms, there are online shops that will make stamps for any­body will­ing to pay a few dozen yuan, even if the cus­tomer is with­out the nec­es­sary au­tho­riza­tion ma­te­ri­als. Bei­jing Youth Daily com­ments:

Ac­cord­ing to the law, those who wish to make a chop for their or­ga­ni­za­tion must have cer­tain cer­tifi­cates be­cause a seal is used to give doc­u­ments le­gal sta­tus. How­ever, a search for seal mak­ers on taobao.com will re­turn as many as 35,323 ser­vice providers, many of whom do not re­quire any sup­port­ing cer­ti­fi­ca­tion ma­te­ri­als from cus­tomers. In other words, quite a num­ber of unau­tho­rized stamps are made in online shops ev­ery year.

It is time to crack down on these law­break­ers. Ac­cord­ing to the Crim­i­nal Law, those fal­si­fy­ing chops face im­pris­on­ment.

But the e-com­merce plat­forms also need to shoulder their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties to su­per­vise their plat­forms. All the ma­jor do­mes­tic e-com­merce plat­forms claim they have su­per­vi­sory de­part­ments, but the ram­pancy of the il­le­gal stamps proves they need to im­prove. The e-com­merce gi­ants need to strengthen su­per­vi­sion over the shops on their plat­forms.

The law also says that if some­one vi­o­lates an­other per­son’s le­gal rights and in­ter­ests via an online plat­form, the online ser­vice provider should be held ac­count­able if it knows what is hap­pen­ing but does not take any ac­tion to pre­vent it. The e-com­merce plat­forms should be held responsible if there is ev­i­dence show­ing they know the online shops are sell­ing il­le­gal chops.

And those buy­ing the stamps with­out the needed cer­tifi­cates com­mit il­le­gal deeds, too, and they should also be pun­ished for their crime. Some of them then com­mit fur­ther crimes by us­ing the il­le­gal seals on doc­u­ments; they de­serve to re­ceive pun­ish­ments for both deeds.

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