US: Czech border areas have world’s largest number of pirate goods markets

04-12-2008

A report by US authorities says that Czech border areas have the highest concentration and largest number of outdoor markets selling pirated goods in the world. In its annual report the Office of the US Trade Representative has placed the Czech Republic on a watch list of 46 countries violating intellectual property rights. US authorities are concerned with pirated and counterfeit goods sold in retail markets on the border between the Czech Republic and Germany and Austria; some of these markets are reportedly located on government-owned property. Czech customs officials said on Wednesday that the report was one of the reasons behind a raid by hundreds of police and customs officers on the largest Vietnamese marketplace in Prague, which took place in late November.