Alibaba Group’s Taobao Removed From “Notorious Markets” List By US

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The U.S. government announced on Thursday that Taobao Marketplace, owned by Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, has been removed from its yearly list of the world’s most “notorious markets,” a distinction they earned for being rampant with pirated and counterfeit goods.

The report from the Office of the United States Trade Representative said Taobao “has worked with rights holders to significantly decrease the listing of infringing products for sale through its website, and has committed to continue working to streamline its complaint procedures to further reduce listings of counterfeit products.” In addition, Chinese search engine Sogou, operated by leading Chinese Internet company Sohu, was taken off the list “based on reports that it has also made notable efforts to work with rights holders to address the availability of infringing content on its site.”

The move may be more of a diplomatic strategy, however, than a sign…

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