China’s Counterfeit Kings and Grand Theft Auto
It’s a busy September afternoon at the Zhiyou Automotive Parts Market in this southern port city [of Guangzhou, China]. Messengers zoom in and out of the square on motorcycles carrying orders. Vans pull up to load and unload. Buyers and vendors haggle over prices at stalls that display parts from every single major automaker and parts maker in the world. Fram filters. Ford accessories. Champion spark plugs. Philips and Bose audio systems. BMW wheels. All at discount prices and all in their original packaging. But most, if not all, are fake.
Piracy refers to the unauthorized production, distribution, or use of a good or service. The goal of a pirate is to create a look-alike knockoff ...