Snapdeal, one among India’s largest e-commerce platforms, has contested a US Trade Representative report that positioned it on the Notorious Markets List for counterfeiting and piracy, and termed it ill-informed and incorrect.
Snapdeal and 4 Indian procuring complexes have figured within the newest 2020 Review of Notorious Markets for Counterfeiting and Piracy issued by the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR).
“The report released by the USTR tarnishes the image of the world’s leading marketplaces, including Amazon, Mercado Libre, Pinduoduo, Shopee, Snapdeal, Taobao, Tokopedia and many others, based on incorrect understanding of practices and laws applicable to various markets,” a Snapdeal spokesperson stated in an announcement on Friday.
“The report displays a poor understanding of the governing legislation in varied jurisdictions, together with India. While courts in India proceed to uphold and assert the excellence between marketplaces and sellers, the USTR report wilfully blurs this distinction to additional a flawed standpoint.
“In doing so, it ignores clear and well-established regulatory and authorized frameworks below which marketplaces function,” the corporate stated.
The spokesperson stated the feedback made about Snapdeal have been factually incorrect and repeated the falsehoods contained in a 2019 report, which it had additionally strongly rebutted.
The lack of diligence is obvious in together with reference to associated websites which have ceased to function 4 years in the past, the corporate stated.
The USTR, in its report, stated Snapdeal stays a priority for proper holders who report that the quantity of counterfeit merchandise on this platform has elevated over the previous yr.
“According to a November 2018 survey, 37 per cent of purchasers reported that they’d acquired a counterfeit product from Snapdeal. In July 2019, Snapdeal’s founders have been accused of felony conduct in India for promoting counterfeit merchandise there. Right holders have additionally sued Snapdeal for promoting counterfeit items,” it added.
Snapdeal, nonetheless, asserted that the USTR report omits any point out of the assorted on-going, proactive and preventive anti-counterfeiting efforts of the corporate.
These embody Snapdeal’s strong reporting and swift takedown course of program Brand Shield, which has been in operation now for greater than two years, it stated.
The program has led to shut and efficient collaboration with main nationwide and worldwide manufacturers, constructing on which Snapdeal has fashioned alliances with varied manufacturers to offer extra safety for manufacturers with registered logos, the corporate stated.
“The report additionally fails to acknowledge the persevering with shut co-operation between platforms, manufacturers and law-enforcement businesses, all of which have led to vital and productive outcomes,” the spokesperson stated.
“The USTR report displays a blinkered and flawed view of the world. The report not solely fails to make a distinction between the respective roles of manufacturers, sellers and platforms, but in addition wilfully ignores the relevant legal guidelines in varied jurisdictions, together with in India,” Snapdeal alleged.
The report can be factually incorrect on many counts, it stated, including there have been no felony accusations towards the founders for promoting counterfeit merchandise.
“Such negligent statements and unverified reporting by USTR is defamatory and unacceptable,” it stated.
“The strategy of collating inputs by USTR continues to be outdated, opaque and primarily based on unverified inputs. We firmly disagree with the ”findings” of the report, particularly in its observations referring to Snapdeal,” the spokesperson stated.