Alibaba listed on the USTR’s 2016 Out-Of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets

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The United States Trade Representative  (USTR) released its 2016 review of notorious markets, which includes online markets that are ‘notorious’ for selling fake products. Alibaba’s flea market-like Taobao shopping platform was cited (see page 12 of USTR’s Report), after having been taken off of the list for many years.

In a statement, Alibaba said it was disappointed and questioned whether the current political climate was to blame. Alibaba’s founder Jack Ma was a featured speaker at an International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition (IACC) convention earlier this year but he dropped out after several IACC members cancelled their membership in protest due to widespread piracy on Alibaba.

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