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China Threatens to Ban E-Commerce Sites That Flout IP Laws

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WATCH: China plans to further tighten oversight of e-commerce platforms. Stephen Engle reports.(Source: Bloomberg)
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China plans to tighten oversight of e-commerce companies like Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and Pinduoduo Inc., including by holding them accountable for intellectual property violations.

E-commerce platforms will be restricted from online business operations or even have their licenses revoked if they fail to deal with serious violations of IP rights by vendors on their platforms, according to a draft revision of the country’s e-commerce law posted by the State Administration for Market Regulation. The market watchdog is seeking opinions on the draft revision until Oct. 14.