Baidu (BIDU.NASDAQ), China’s top search engine, has been placed again on the US annual list of “notorious markets” for counterfeit and pirated goods, Reuters reported. The US Trade Representative’s (USTR) office said Baidu was the most prominent example of online services that use “deep linking” to direct consumers to “allegedly infringing materials, often stored on third-party hosting sites.” Baidu was recently ranked as the No. 1 most-visited site in China, and among the top 10 globally. The US Chamber of Commerce said Congress needs to pass legislation to give US courts authority to block foreign websites that sell pirated or counterfeit goods from the US. The USTR also identified Russia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Indonesia, Argentina, Hong Kong, India, Ukraine, Philippines, Thailand, Mexico, Pakistan and Colombia as “notorious markets.”
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