A long campaign to remove pirated goods from shop fronts in
The report said the results of police raids, a slate of new laws and increased prosecutions could be seen across the region on the back streets of
For example, not too long ago, outside Beijing's notorious and now closed down Silk Alley lane, any visitor would be mobbed by hawkers of every kind offering the latest films and music for as little as $1 a pirated disc, the report said.
On a recent visit, not even one hawker was to be seen.
The success in forcing the pirates at least off the street if not out of the market followed intense pressure from the
Vendors hawking copied
To counter the authorities, black market buccaneers were shifting their goods from roadside stalls and shopping malls to the Internet. Su's team now also conducted "daily patrols of Internet sites," the report said.