Fake and imitation products are still widely being sold on e-commerce platforms like Lazada and these include those that could impose risk on internet security like counterfeit computer applications and software.
Bogus versions of Adobe, Microsoft Office, AutoDesk, SketchUp Pro, Windows Installer, and the like can be easily accessible on Lazada through the search bar.
An unauthorized software imposes risks and threats on internet security and data privacy as this could carry viruses or malware that can harm a device once installed.
The prevalence of fake products on online selling channels has been a concern for lawmakers. In 2019, PBA Partylist Representative Jericho Nograles called out how some merchants lack “due diligence” in reviewing items being sold on their platform.
The lawmaker also said that online shops that facilitate the selling of fake products are liable for violating Republic Act. No. 7394 or Consumer Act of the Philippines.
Under the said act, counterfeit products are referred to as “any consumer product which, or the container or labeling of which, without authorization, bears the trademark, trade name, or other identifying mark, imprint, or device, or any likeness thereof, of a consumer product manufacturer, processor, packer, distributor, other than the person or persons who in fact manufactured, processed, packed or distributed such product and which thereby falsely purports or is represented to be the product of, or to have been packed or distributed by such consumer product manufacturer, processor, packer, or distributor.”
While Lazada has its LazMall where authentic products are sold by official brand stores, a regular user can still easily post fake items for sale on the said online shopping platform.
On its seller center page, Lazada said that it’s “each seller’s responsibility to source and sell only authentic products and to immediately deactivate any product that is known in violation of our guidelines.”
The said guidelines are as follow: “Items that apply a trademark on the product without authorization from the trademark owner, items that contain specific design elements protected by a trademark without the authorization by the owner, items that bear similarities that are likely to deceive buyers, items that are in violation of any local country laws in which they are sold.”
“In case of doubt, we advise you to talk to the manufacturer and/or distributor of the products, and to your legal advisors,” the company said.