ASIAdocument.write(“” + m[today.getMonth()+1]+ ” “+ today.getDate()+”, ” + theYear + ” “);HOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperChina Daily Global PDFChina Daily Global E-paperChina / Across AmericaHot IssuesGovernmentSocietyInnovationEducationCover StoryPeoplePhotosMas counterfeit comments dont show Alibaba effortsBy Amy He In New York (China Daily) Updated:2016-06-16 10:36Comments Print Mail Large Medium SmallJack Mas comment that fake products made today are “better quality and better priced” than the real goods should not be taken as a reflection of Alibabas failure to curb counterfeits, counterfeit experts said.The e-commerce executive chairman made his comments on Tuesday at an investor meeting in Hangzhou, East Chinas Zhejiang province.According to reports, he said the better quality of the fake goods is due to many of them being made at similar factories, sometimes with the same labor force using the same materials.”They are exactly the same factories, exactly the same raw materials but they do not use the names,” Ma said, according to The Wall Street Journal.He also said the problem of counterfeit goods cannot be solved “100 percent, because its the fight against human instinct”, according to The New York Times. “But we can solve the problem better than any government, than any organization, than [anybody] in the world.”Mas remarks were made in response to persistent criticism from luxury brands that the company is not doing enough to get rid of counterfeit goods on its sprawling e-commerce platform Taobao, where it is easy to find fake designer bags and jewelry.Peter Yu, professor of law at Texas A&M University, said in an interview that counterfeits can be classified into various categories, with Ma most likely referencing “A-grade” goods that are so difficult to tell apart that they can only be verified by lab technicians or the original manufacturer.”From the perspective of brands, when they see fake goods on Alibaba, they believe that Alibaba hasnt done enough to enforce and protect intellectual property rights, and that Alibaba should do more,” said Yu.”But the part of the story that isnt emphasized is how much money and effort those auction sites have already put in to police the networks,” he said.Yu said that fake goods are also available on eBay, Alibabas American equivalent, but the scale of counterfeiting in China is much larger, so even with the resources that Alibaba is putting into combat the proliferation of fakes, brands might still feel the efforts are inadequate.Alibaba had been criticized by the Chinese government for failing to curb fakes, and late last year the US government issued a stern warning to the company, saying it could be added back to the “Notorious Markets List” if it does not do a better job enforcing piracy rules.Alibaba had been admitted as a general member of the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition (IACC), a group that represents many luxury brands, but the category was suspended a month after it had been admitted under the new category. The organizations board of directors said the suspension was due to concerns from members of the group, which the Journal reported included Michael Kors. A representative from Michael Kors declined to comment.At the investor meeting, Alibaba forecast that its sales through the year ending March 2017 will rise at least 48 percent, which is the companys first financial forecast since the US Securities Exchange Commission announced it was investigating the companys accounting practices.amyhe@chinadailyusa.com0PhotoNight views of Harbin through the lensTibetans take train home after pilgrimage or travellingWorlds largest shaftless Ferris wheel built in ChinaAncient cities to be connected by Xian-Chengdu high-speed railwaySnow turns Harbin into winter wonderlandReed Catkin Festival held in WuhanSocietyPoliticsHot TopicsScience/TechBusinessCover StoryFTZ simplifies process to launch businessesJapan can offer experience, expat saysApplication for work streamlinedAwareness of law aids resolutionAir Force units explore new airspaceLow wages and lack of respect responsible for kindergarten abuse, experts sayLiu heralds UK partnership in education and researchAgency ensuring natural gas supplyUN envoys trip to DPRK praised by BeijingChina moves to secure natural gas supply amid rising winter demandXi asks China, Canada to work for substantial tiesCooperation necessary for success, leaders sayLiving in space: How astronauts train, eat and workTeachers excused for lunchtime drinksWaiting for Shenzhou XICancer agent found in 44 cities drinking waterAt Ikea eatery, its no pay, no stayChina lose 2-0 to Uzbekistan in World Cup qualifier, coach Gao resignsC919 gains another 55 orders, lifting total orders to 785Services offset dip in manufacturingFintech to energize real economy, cut risksChinas Long March rockets complete 60 commercial launchesEngineers achieve breakthroughChina-made components add securityOnline shopping rings up customer complaintsImport expo to focus on advanced techSME mobile market platform receives first clientsChina top importer of US soybeansAir China opens direct route from Beijing to BarcelonaInsurance-based trust launchedDandelion helping to sow the seeds of stability for membersCover storyVisa change may boost tourism to USThe wrong side of the roadBuilding ban begins to biteVillagers call on Japan to atone for massacreMost ViewedTodays Top NewsSwitzerland to open 9 new visa centers in ChinaPlanned Obama, Dalai Lama meeting protestedDisneys Shanghai park poised to lure millionsEx-security chiefs wife, son jailedMinistry: Navy ship passes strait for international navigationAdopted children arrive for a wide-ranging discovery missionChinese universities dominate new top universities in Asia rankingBuyers of online services need good sense, judges sayLargest-ever contract fraud case comes to a closeChina, Vietnam agree to stabalize the seaState Council NewsChina invalidates outdated documents to boost efficiencySpecial: Made in China 2025A couple found that their fate was tied together in a photo taken 20 years ago.HighlightsBars in Beijing install all-gender toiletsCollege students tolerate PDAsSmall Chinese brands gain big names overseas1,000-year-old agricultural practice, Chinas solution to sustainable farmingHot TopicsGround level Rule of law Panda China youths Anti-terror drive Family planning Smog Fox Hunt Beijing integrates with Tianjin, Hebei China cracks down on graftSpecial2016 legislative and political advisory sessionsMy Chengdu story…| About China Daily | Advertise on Site | Contact Us | Job Offer | Expat Employment |Copyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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