Baidu off US piracy blacklist

Settlement with U.S. record companies such as Warner Music and Universal Music in July sees U.S. government removing Chinese search giant from list of "notorious markets" sustaining piracy, report states.

Chinese search giant Baidu has been cleared from the U.S. government's list of "notorious markets", deemed to help sustain piracy and counterfeiting of intellectual property, as reward of its music settlement in July with three American record labels.

According to a Bloomberg report Wednesday, the U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk removed Baidu as well as the Ladies Market in Hong Kong and Savelovskiy Market in Moscow, Russia, from the list. Baidu in July had struck a deal with Universal Music, Warner Music and Sony to pay owners for copyrighted material available on a social music platform. This was key in its removal from the list, according to the report.

Those still on the blacklist, however, include Alibaba Group's online retail platform Taobao as well as file-sharing Web site, Pirate Bay, in Sweden, it added.

Kirk also said in a statement: "The notorious markets highlighted in this review negatively impact legitimate businesses and industries of all sizes that rely on intellectual property to protect their goods and services. We hope that this review will continue to yield the kind of concrete action from highlighted markets that led to the removal of several markets from the list this year."