The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has named BAIDU and Taobao in a list of 30 Internet and physical markets in which pirated of counterfeit goods are available
Baidu is named as the sole example of an online service engaged in “deep linking” to allegedly infringing content (often stored on third-party hosting sites).
Taobao is the only example given of a B2C & C2C e-commerce website that has “been cited by industry as offering a wide range of infringing products (such as cigarettes, clothing, manufactured goods, pharmaceutical products and sporting goods) to consumers and businesses while maintaining intellectual property policies that are inconsistent with industry norms. Taobao is owned by Alibaba which was recently involved in a fraud scam involving 2,000 of its ‘Gold’ customers.
According to Reuters the US Chamber of Commerce has advised Congress to pass legislation allowing US courts to block foreign websites that sell pirated or counterfeit goods from operating in the US, according to Reuters.