writes "The US Government has classified some of the largest websites on the Internet as examples of sites which sustain global piracy. The list released by the United States Trade Representative draws exclusively on input from rightsholders. It includes popular torrent sites such as The Pirate Bay, file-hosting service Megaupload and Russia's leading social network VKontakte. VKontakte says that company's copyright problems are in the past after a deal was made with the USTR. Also, for the first time in many years, China’s leading search engine Baidu has been removed from the list. However, China’s widely used online consumer and business-oriented online shopping service Taobao remains listed. The full report can be viewed here. It has no legal implications what-so-ever, but may be referred to by policy makers regarding future legislation (eg SOPA)."