The once-maligned Chinese search engine Baidu has gone legit, at least according to the Office of the United States' Trade Representative.
Earlier this year, the Chinese search engine had made strides towards legitimizing its business, beginning the process of establishing a licensed music service in May, just after getting slapped on the wrist by the Chinese Ministry of Culture earlier in April. The company signed deals with UMG, WMG, and Sony in July.
Today's news comes from the Trade Representative's annual 'Notorious Markets List,' described as "marketplaces that have been the subject of enforcement action or that may merit further investigation for possible intellectual property rights infringements. The scale and popularity of these markets can cause economic harm to U.S. and other IP right holders."
Speaking on Baidu, the USTR wrote that "Examples of positive action at markets that USTR identified in the February 2011 list include the Chinese website, Baidu, identified in the Notorious Markets List for several years, which entered into a landmark licensing agreement with U.S. and other rights holders from the recording industry."