U.S. returns China’s Taobao shopping website to market blacklist

By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Wednesday returned Taobao, China’s most popular consumer-to-consumer shopping website, to its blacklist of “notorious marketplaces” known for the sale of counterfeit goods and violations of intellectual property rights. The move by the U.S. Trade Representative’s office against the online bazaar run by Alibaba Group Holding Ltd followed complaints from U.S. and international trade groups for apparel and luxury goods that Taobao was not doing enough to police sales of fakes and pirated products. Inclusion on the blacklist does not carry any direct penalties but is a blow to Alibaba’s efforts to shed perceptions its websites are riddled with fakes – a key to gaining a bigger international customer base and taking market share from global competitors such as eBay Inc and Amazon.com.

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