The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has included Baidu (Nasdaq: BIDU), Taobao, and NetDragon Websoft's (0777.HK) mobile applications portal 91.com on its latest Notorious Markets List, which highlights prominent examples of markets around the world that sell counterfeit and IPR infringing goods. Other listed examples of notorious markets include BitTorrent sites such as The Pirate Bay and Demonoid, and Beijing's bricks and mortar Silk Market.
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), while 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."
NetDragon's 91.com is listed as a prime example of a website that offers smartphone mobile applications without compensating rights holders.
The USTR list alleges that PC shopping malls throughout China, such as Hailong PC Mall in Beijing and Yangpu Yigao Digital Square in Shanghai, sell computers with pirated operating system software and other illegally pre-installed software. Also on the list is P2P live video service TVAnts, which, according to the USTR, is reportedly operated out of China.
To view the USTR's official press release, please click here.