Ma demands tougher action on counterfeiters
Alibaba-founder Jack Ma wants China’s top lawmakers to come down harder on fake goods — the very same plea voiced by global brands who’ve accused the e-commerce service of harbouring knock-offs.
The Alibaba Group Holding Ltd chairman appealed to the National People’s Congress convening here this week to penalise counterfeiters as harshly as drunk drivers.
In an open letter published on his Weibo account yesterday, Ma said enforcement had been too lax and the authorities should raise maximum prison sentences and other penalties to deter illegal profiteers.
“We need to fight counterfeits the same way we fight drunk driving,” Ma wrote in his letter. “No one company can do it alone. The existing laws are lagging, failing to impose actual threats on the behaviour of counterfeiters and leave far too much room for cheating.”