China¬†occasionally¬†make a bit of a show, finds some manufacturer that has fallen behind in payments¬†to local officials and then makes an example of them and their counterfeit products. Business Insider shows though what happens in China when a major crackdown is announced:
When a local government in Shenyang, China announced a crackdown on counterfeit goods, ninety percent of store owners responded by shutting down,¬†creating a veritable ghost town.
This event has grave implications for the future of copyright/counterfeit/patent reform in China.
China can’t crackdown on counterfeit goods without putting most stores out of business.
Local authorities clearly learned this lesson, as seen in what they did next.¬†The Shenyang authorities¬†held an emergency meeting in response¬†to the store closures and announced that they were not conducting a crackdown and asked stores to reopen.
China simply doesn’t care.