Ma de­mands tougher ac­tion on coun­ter­feit­ers

New Straits Times - - Business World -

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.”

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