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Piracy is on the decline,say Nehru Place shop owners

As Nehru Place found itself on the list of 30 most notorious markets in the world dealing in goods and services infringing upon intellectual property rights,shop owners are trying to defend the market.

As Nehru Place found itself on the list of 30 most notorious markets in the world dealing in goods and services infringing upon intellectual property rights,shop owners are trying to defend the market.

President of Nehru Place Improvement and Welfare Association (NIWA) Anil Sehgal said the vendors selling counterfeit software and other computer goods were bringing a bad name to the market.

The report was released by the US Trade Representative,backed by the US government.

According to NIWA Secretary Swaran Singh,out of the 10,000-odd shops in the Nehru Place area,about 3,000 stores sell computer hardware and software. “Most of the goods are imported and sold with a warranty,” he said.

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The shopkeepers said the ground reality was quite different from what was stated in the report. “Customers do not compromise on quality these days and would prefer buying original software even if it slightly expensive,” said Singh. The attitude towards piracy has changed and the whole industry has a positive vibe,” he said.

Built in the 1980s,Nehru Place is the largest computer market in Delhi. Apart from shops selling electronic goods and computer hardware and software,the market also has restaurants and fabric stores.

The Delhi High Court in August had slapped a penalty of Rs 5 lakh on a Nehru Place shop,which was found selling pirated software. The fine was seen as a warning to all the other shops to stop selling counterfeit products of reputed companies.

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Justice V K Jain had ordered M/s Supreme Peripherals Pvt Ltd to pay the penalty to Microsoft Corporation as punitive damages for selling their software without a licence.

First published on: 22-12-2011 at 01:09:39 am
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