Draft reg­u­la­tion en­sures mar­ket or­der by elim­i­nat­ing ex­torters


CHINA’S STATE AD­MIN­IS­TRA­TION for In­dus­try and Com­merce has re­leased a draft reg­u­la­tion based on the coun­try’s con­sumer pro­tec­tion law, which aims to crack down on those who ex­tort “com­pen­sa­tion” by threat­en­ing to bring to court pro­duc­ers and deal­ers of shoddy goods. Such peo­ple ac­tu­ally dis­turb mar­ket or­der, Bei­jing Times com­mented onMon­day:

Pre­vi­ously, some peo­ple have sued and chal­lenged com­pa­nies that sold coun­ter­feit prod­ucts, in or­der to de­fend their rights as cus­tomers. The newreg­u­la­tion, which is ex­pected to come into ef­fect soon, does not mean that con­sumers’ le­gal in­ter­ests and anti-coun­ter­feit­ing ef­forts are to be ig­nored or dis­missed.

The aim of the draft reg­u­la­tion is to get rid of those who have made black­mail­ing sell­ers or pro­duc­ers a busi­ness, by threat­en­ing to sue them in ex­change for il­le­gal profit. In do­ing so, true vic­tims of copy­cat prod­ucts will be bet­ter pro­tected and com­pen­sated in ac­cor­dance with rel­e­vant laws.

Those anti-coun­ter­feit­ing fight­ers who do not seek to ex­ploit le­gal loop­holes for il­licit profit should be re­warded and en­cour­aged to work for cer­tain non-gov­ern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions. Leg­is­la­tors have ev­ery rea­son to sup­port them to play a big­ger role in their fight for con­sumers’ rights, and make sure they do not have to work un­der the radar any more.

There is no need to chal­lenge the new reg­u­la­tion. Just a few years ago, some even ac­cused the fight against fake goods sold on e-com­merce plat­forms of deal­ing a blow to en­trepreneur­ship. But leg­is­la­tors are tak­ing the lat­est anti-coun­ter­feit­ing con­cerns se­ri­ously and re­spond­ing to them in a timely man­ner.

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