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‘piracy is a global beast’, In this context, critically examine the challenges involved in the e-commerce sector with respect to the threats of counterfeits and piracy with special focus on India.

Topic:  Challenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security; money-laundering and its prevention

5. ‘piracy is a global beast’, In this context, critically examine the challenges involved in the e-commerce sector with respect to the threats of counterfeits and piracy with special focus on India. (250 words)

Reference: Hindustan Times

Why this question:

E -commerce in India has seen phenomenal growth over the years — from $39 billion in 2017, it is projected to rise to $200 billion by 2026. The question is in such a backdrop where the growth of the e-commerce sector is a welcome thing on one hand, the issues associated with piracy is another.

Key demand of the question:

The answer must discuss in detail the challenges involved in the e-commerce sector with respect to the threats of counterfeits and piracy.

Directive:

Critically examine – When asked to ‘Examine’, we have to look into the topic (content words) in detail, inspect it, investigate it and establish the key facts and issues related to the topic in question. While doing so we should explain why these facts and issues are important and their implications. When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, one needs to look at the good and bad of the topic and give a fair judgment.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Briefly explain why Piracy is a global beast.

Body:

One has to explain in detail the fact that – Counterfeiting and pirated goods continue to distort the virtual marketplace. E-commerce sites are regularly being used as common platforms for the sale of counterfeit goods. Whether it is online or offline, the dangers are legitimate market loss and the occupation of economic space by unauthorized and grey market operators, causing loss of revenue to the government, loss of jobs, threat to consumer safety, and growth of organised crime. Highlight and list the challenges involved. Suggest solutions to address such challenges.

Conclusion:

Conclude by need to address the issue with a multi-pronged approach.