In 2013, authorities in the Czech Republic seized 2,045 counterfeit korunas within the country, down from the 3,586 counterfeit Czech banknotes seized in 2012.
In addition to the fake koruna, Czech financial investigators removed 1,085 counterfeit money and banknotes from foreign countries in 2013.
Below is the number of counterfeit koruna and altered coins that were removed from circulation between 2008 and 2013, according to data released by the Czech National Bank.
Year: No. of counterfeits.
(How criminals make counterfeit money.)
Source: “Number of fake banknotes, coins falls to 3,130 in 2013,” Prague Daily Monitor, March 6, 2014.
American broadcaster NBC reported that it shut down 45,000 illegally posted video clips or online pirate streams of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.
Company officials state that 20,000 video clips of the competition was prevented from appearing on YouTube. This was done through filtering technology of the video, as well as flagging the video and manually pulling it down after its been posted.
An additional 20,000 videos was prevented from appearing on other video websites such as Dailymotion and VK.com.
The remaining 5,000 video was internet streaming sties that were providing coverage of the Winter Games.
According to officials, up to 98 percent of the people viewing the Olympics online were using legal channels.
NBC paid $775 Million for the exclusive American television and streaming rights of the Sochi Winter Olympics.
Source: Associated Press, “NBC Says Thousands of Illegal Video Stopped,” ABC News, February 27, 2014.
The central bank in South Korea removed 3,585 counterfeit banknotes from circulation in 2013. In 2012, a total of 8,627 fake bills were removed from circulation.
The number of fake 50,000 won note that was removed declined by 74 percent to 84 bills in 2013. The number of counterfeit 10,000 won notes removed declined by 76 percent to 909 fake bills.
According to the Bank of Korea, the number of counterfeit money per 1 million banknotes in South Korea was 0.2. In comparison, Japan has a rate of 0.2 counterfeit banknotes per 1 million, while Australia has 10.2, Canada has 28, and Mexico has 33.7 fakes per million.
(How criminals make counterfeit money.)
Source: Yonhap News Agency, “Fake bills fall 58.4 pct in 2013,” Global Post, February 23, 2014.
At the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games, an estimated 35,000 counterfeit Hockey Canada jerseys were available for sale, according to the licensing manager of the team. During the 2010 Winter Games, security officials and brand trademark enforcement officials were able to seize about 17,000 counterfeit jerseys.
At the 201 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, an estimated 60 to 80 percent of the Team Canada Hockey jerseys are believed to have been counterfeited. The jerseys are offered at online websites, where the team jerseys are offered for around $20. Authentic jerseys that the hockey players wear on the ice costs about $450.
Source: Showwei Chu, “Hockey Canada going after jersey counterfeiters,” 680 News, February 20, 2014.
According to the Business Software Association, 16 cases of businesses using pirated software were settled in Australia in 2013. The fines and settlements paid out by the businesses totaled $483,785 (536,050 Australian). The settlements paid out for pirated software was 20 percent higher than the amount paid out in 2012.
The BSA reported that almost a third of the business that were caught using pirated software were architectural firms and companies in the design industry.
Back in 2012, engineering firms accounted for nearly half of all companies caught using pirated software in Australia.
Source: Hannah Francis, “Business software piracy hits record,” Business Spectator, February 18, 2014.
The Kenya Film Classification Board banned the movie Wolf of Wall Street from being show in the country due to its “extreme scenes of nudity, sex, debauchery, hedonism and cursing”, as reported by the BBC.
Despite the ban, the Oscar-nominated movie directed by Martin Scorsese about a Wall Street stockbroker is readily available on the black market. The reported price for a pirated copy of Wolf of Wall Street sold at street DVD vendors in Kenya is $0.57.
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Source: “Kenya arrests over banned Wolf of Wall Street film,” BBC News, February 13, 2014.
The State Statistics Service in Russia reported that sales of counterfeit whiskey in the country may have been worth $230 Million (8 Billion Rubles) in 2013.
Based on sales and import tracking data, authorities in Russia state that retailers sold 9.9 million more liters of whiskey than officially imported. Officials believe that this figure represents the number of counterfeit whiskey bottles sold in the country.
In 2012, an estimated 7.8 million liters of fake whiskey was sold in Russia.
Media in Russia reported that whiskey is the most popular alcohol to be counterfeited in the country, followed by rum and tequila.
Source: RIA Novosti, “Russians Drank 10M Liters of Counterfeit Whiskey in 2013,” Moscow Times, February 10, 2014.
A report by the Mobile Manufacturers Forum reported that 125 million substandard and counterfeit mobile phones were sold around the world in 2011. In 2012, the number of counterfeit phones sold increased to 148 million units.
The estimated amount for 2013 was projected to be 1.86 million units. Thus, up to 8 percent of all mobile devices sold worldwide in 2013 were substandard or counterfeits.
Over 20 percent of mobile phones sold in India is estimated to be counterfeits, according to the report.Many of the counterfeit phones sold in the India that were made in China were found to have high levels of lead. This is similar to a study conducted by researchers in Brazil who found that the five counterfeit phones that they tested all had lead and cadmium levels that were higher than EU regulations.
In Libya, up to 80 percent of the mobile phones for sale in the country were smuggled into the country and sold on the black market.
Source: Rachel Feltman, “That fake iPhone is probably full of lead,” Quartz, February 6, 2014.
Websites such as eBay offer empty Tiffany blue boxes for sale on their sites that are often counterfeit knockoffs.
The famous blue boxes of Tiffany & Co. are in high demand in the auction market. According to press reports, the boxes can cost between $10 to $30 on auction websites. Quartz interviewed one seller of empty boxes who stated that his empty Tiffany box had 13 bids on it. The final price of the box was sold for $15.50.
Another purchase on eBay found a set of six empty blue boxes, two gift bags and four white satin ribbons from Tiffany sold for $95.
According to eBay, selling a box from a retailer without an acutal product is not allowed.
Tiffany & Co. stated that the blue box is a registered trademark, and that many of the boxes offered for sale are fakes.
Source: Antonia Massa, “Tiffany’s blue boxes are red hot on the black market,” Quartz, February 6, 2014.
According to research by Dutch firm GfK, only 10 percent of all ebooks on devices were actually paid for, with most of the digital books being pirated.
On average, an e-reader in the Netherlands holds on average 117 ebooks. Out of that total, 11 were bought at legitimate websites. The remaining books were pirated at file-sharing sites or through Bit-torrent files.
Ebooks sales in the Netherlands account for 4.5 percent of total revenue for publishers.
A Dutch man admitted in court that he uploaded over 5,000 ebooks to The Pirate Bay as anti-piracy group BREIN attempted to bring criminal charges against him. However, the court ruled that it was not a criminal case. The Dutch Court system also recently lifted a ban on The Pirate Bay website. At the end of January 2014, the Hague Appeals Court ordered an end to a ban on the website. The Court found that the ban on the Pirate Bay had no impact on slowing down online piracy in the Netherlands.
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Source: Michael Kolowski, “eBook Piracy a Big Deal in the Netherlands,” Good E-Reader, February 5, 2014.
Source: Ernesto, “Pirate Bay Uploader Can’t Be Criminallly Prosecuted, Court Rules,” TorrentFreak, January 29, 2014.
Source: “Netherlands court orders end to Pirate Bay ban,” BBC News, January 29, 2014.