Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. has been put back on a U.S. agency’s list of global marketplaces known for counterfeit and pirated goods.
The U.S. Trade Representative’s annual list, released Wednesday, highlights physical and online markets “notorious” for fakes. It specifically mentions Alibaba’s flea-market-like Taobao shopping platform, which hadn’t made the list in years, citing rights holders’ complaints regarding obstacles to removing counterfeit items from the site.
“The Taobao.com e-commerce platform is an important concern due to the large volume of allegedly counterfeit and pirated goods available and the challenges right holders experience in removing and preventing illicit sales and offers of such goods,” the agency said.
Alibaba BABA, -0.66% said it was disappointed by the decision, and questioned whether it might have been influenced by the current political climate.
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