Counterfeit Goods

Information and statistics about counterfeiting and the sale of counterfeit goods. Estimated losses from counterfeits, markets where fake goods are sold, and other piracy statistics are collected from criminal justice programs and public information sources.

During the time period of the 2012 NFL season, officers with the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement seized a total of $17 Million worth of counterfeit jerseys, tickets and other materials. 41 people were also arrested during the September 2012 to February 2013 time period.

The fake items seized by authorities during this time were unlicensed jerseys, hats, t-shirts and jackets. In addition, 168 counterfeit tickets worth $154,000 were seized.

Source:  Greg Botelho, “Feds seize over $17 million in fake NFL goods, Super Bowl tickets,” CNN, February 23, 2013.

According to statistics from public health programs and security agencies in China, over 20,000 people were arrested in 2012 for producing and selling counterfeit drugs.

The authorities investigated 14,000 cases that involved $2.56 Billion (16 Billion Yuan) in medicine value.

Source:  Xinhua, “14,000 counterfeit drug cases cracked,” China.org.cn, February 20, 2013.

During the 2012 Holiday Season, the Consumer Fraud Center estimates  between $110 Million to $140 Million worth of counterfeit goods were sold on Amazon.com.

A popular hair-straighter company is filling a lawsuit against the shopping website claiming that over 20,000 fake hair-straighteners have been sold on its website that have violated their trademark.

Source:  “Customers Get Burned By Counterfeit Goods From Amazon’s Marketplace,” CBS Los Angeles, February 18, 2013.

The National Library Department reported that up to 25 percent of software used in computer labs at small to medium sized private schools in Jordan are pirated copies.

Across the entire country, the piracy rate of software in 2011 was reported to be 58 percent.

In the first month of 2013, over 95 cases of intellectual property violations of software was refereed to the court system.

Source:  “Jordan to continue crackdown on pirated software,” Al Bawaba, February 18, 2013.

Financial authorities in the European Union detected 184,000 counterfeit euro coins in 2012. The number of fake coins removed from circulation was 17 percent higher than the 157,000 fakes removed in 2011.

The most counterfeited coin was the 2-euro domination, which represented 2 out of ever 3 counterfeit euro coin.

Authorities detected 531,000 counterfeit euro banknotes across the EU in 2012, which was 12.4 percent less than the 606,000 counterfeit notes that were removed from circulation in 2011.

Source:  Karafillis Giannoulis, “More counterfeit euro coins removed from circulation,” New Europe, February 11, 2013.

The Government of Kenya stated that counterfeit electricity cables in the country is costing the economy almost $1 Billion in lost revenue.

In addition to the economic impact, 275 people died from exploding counterfeit cable wires and components in 2012.

Source:  Humphrey Liloba, “Kenya: Fight Against Counterfeit Trade Rages On,” AllAfrica, February 11, 2013.

In late 2007, online video site YouTube introduced Content ID, a program designed to identify and take down copyrighted materials and content from its website.

In 2013, YouTube announced that over 4,000 companies use the program to monitor the website to ensure that their copyrighted materials is not being use. In the 5 years that the program has been in existence, YouTube has identified over 200 million copyrighted videos that were uploaded to the site.

Source:  Amir Efrati, “Reappearing on YouTube: Illegal Movie Uploads,” Wall Street Journal, February 8, 2013.

The European Commission reported that  counterfeit euros in across the European Union causes a $676 Million (€500 Million) financial impact.

Europol stated that most of the counterfeit banknotes that are detected and passed across the EU originated from Bulgaria, Colombia and Italy.

Source:  Vincent Ryan, “Ireland’s counterfeit gang laws ‘insufficient’,” Irish Examiner, February 6, 2013.

The counterfeit trade in Kenya is a $800 Million (70 Billion Kenyan Shilling) business, according to the Anti-Counterfeit Agency (ACA) of Kenya.

Most trademark infringements in the country involve products such as counterfeit drugs, electronics, pirated software, counterfeit alcohol and mobile phones.

Between 2010 and 2012, the ACA processed 177 complaints of counterfeiting and prosecuted 47 cases of trademark violations.

Source:  George Omondi, “Kenya loses Sh70bn in counterfeit trade,” Business Daily, Feburary 4, 2013.

In 2012, intellectual property officials and trademark attorneys seized over 185,000 pirated DVDs, CDs and books in Jordan. 467 IP violations were sent to the court system, with 55 cases involving the sale of pirated Microsoft programs.

Authorities stated that most of the pirated software in Jordan is smuggled into the country from Syria. Due to the ongoing conflict in Syria in 2012, the rate of pirated software being smuggled into Jordan dropped by 70 percent.

(Additional counterfeit goods statistics.)

Source:  Mohammad Ghazal, “Pirated software smuggling from Syria declined in 2012,” Jordan Times, January 29, 2013.