From the islands of Indonesia, the IP Komodo prowls South East Asia and beyond looking for succulent morsels of intellectual property news with the aim of to raising awareness of South East Asia's IP issues to help people understand this diverse region's IP complexities.
On March 5th the USTR announced its regular review of the
world's notorious markets, the largest counterfeit and pirated products centres
in the world. These comprise physical locations selling hard goods as well as
online sites distributing pirated content. China features heavily of course
(its AIC head even this week announced how important it was to stem the tide of
fakes in China). But many other regions also feature.
SE Asia has over time
been improving. The Philippines has excitedly announced its removal from the list.
However 3 key SE Asian problems remain:
in Indonesia Harco Glodok, the consumer goods and electronics market in North
Jakarta remains a key centre of counterfeit hard goods, largely imported from
Thailand has a number of physical areas of concern including Talad Nat on Wireless Road which
is very close to the US Embassy in Bangkok.
Vietnam's zing.vn is primarily
a social media site, but continues to provide access links to unauthorized music
content. Years of negotiations to legitimize its content distribution have
still not yielded results.
Despite the recent growth in online business in the last few years, so
far SE Asia has not seen online fake sales take off in the same way as other
parts of the world. Only Zing.vn so far has been named as a serious problem.