U.S. Trade Officials Keep Alibaba's Taobao on List of 'Notorious Markets'

U.S. trade officials acknowledged steps by Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. to curb the sale of counterfeit goods on the Chinese company’s Taobao.com platform but left the e-commerce site on the list of “notorious markets” that the U.S. deems deficient in preventing intellectual-property violations. According to the annual piracy report, Alibaba has “taken some steps to curb the offer and sale of infringing products” but small and medium-size businesses say problems remain with the procedures for flagging and removing counterfeit goods from Taobao.