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Amazon to take down pirated copies of Economic Survey if GoI complains

Unless there is a flag on the seller about a fraud or abuse by the copyright owner, online marketplaces don't delist products.

, ET Bureau|
Updated: Jan 31, 2017, 07.51 PM IST
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BENGALURU: The preface to the Economic Survey 2016-17 released today by the Ministry of Finance took a dig at the paperback editions of the report being sold on Amazon India platform by unauthorized publishers.

“Last year, to its dismay, the Economic Division of the Ministry of Finance – the authors of this Economic Survey – discovered that there is indeed a higher form of flattery than imitation: brazen pirating, and that too on the most globally public of platforms, Amazon. The anguish suffered by this violation of our intellectual property rights was more than offset by the gratitude we felt in achieving wide circulation for the Survey. We strive to do better this year, risking that the Survey might be consigned to the ranks of popular fiction,” read the preface to the Survey.

Unless there is a flag on the seller about a fraud or abuse by the copyright owner, online marketplaces don't delist products.

"Amazon.in is a marketplace that enables lakhs of SMEs in the country to access a nationwide customer base. Sellers are mandated to ensure the products that they list are original, genuine and legally permitted for sale in the country. We have stringent policies by which counterfeit and pirated products are taken down, when brought to our notice," said an Amazon India spokesperson.

She added that, "Amazon is more than willing to partner with Government of India to remove unauthorized copies of the economic survey. We remain committed to provide only genuine products to customers."

Apart from Oxford University Press which publishes the flagship annual document of the Ministry of Finance, Government of India, a search on the platform indicated another publisher, Young Global Publications which sells the report for 2015-16 authored by ‘Govt of India matter by Young Global’s’ priced at Rs 465.

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