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.

A counterfeit bottle of alcohol is offered as low as $0.60 in Russia.

Source: Associated Press, “Russian Cabinet member urges action against counterfeit alcohol as death toll climbs,” International Herald Tribune, October 27, 2006, (accessed: October 27, 2006).

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development reported in 1998 that as much as $1 billion of unapproved aircraft parts were in the warehouses of US Airlines and parts distributors.

Source: OECD, “The Economic Impact of Counterfeiting,”1998, (accessed: February 14, 2007).

2 percent of the 26 million aircraft parts installed in planes are counterfeit. This translate into 520,000 parts that are estimated to be counterfeit. Source: Anti-Counterfeiting Group, “The Extent of Counterfeiting,” 2004, (accessed: June 7, 2005).

According to the Copyright Council of New Zealand, in 2005 the movie industry in the country lost up to 25 percent of its revenue to movie piracy, or $49 Million (70 million New Zealand Dollars).

Source: “NZFACT joins New Zealand Government In Encouraging Respect For IPR Among Young People,” Copyright Council of New Zealand, Press Release, April 18, 2008.

Over a span of three years (2005 to 2008), United States authorities seized over $76 Million in counterfeit Cisco computer equipment parts in China.

Source: AFP, “US, Canada seize counterfeit Cisco hardware made in China,” Google News, February 28, 2008.

 

The Senior Director for Anti-Piracy at Nintendo stated that the company and its publishers lose $975 Million a year to video game piracy.

Source: “Piracy costs Nintendo and its game developers, publishers $1B a year, Nintendo says,” Business Review, February 14, 2008.

 

Counterfeit products made in China cost South Korean firms $14.2 billion, equivalent to 5 percent of total exports, according to the Korea International Trade Association.

Source: “Chinese Imitations Undermining Korean Exports,” The Chosum Ilbo, January 15, 2007.

 

An estimated 60 percent of all clothing and textiles sold in Mexico are counterfeit.

Source:  Omar Millán González, “Fighting foreign fakes,” San Diego Union Tribune, January 12, 2008.

 

So how does North Korea Officials seize films that are banned in North Korea?

Reuters mentions one method:

One analyst said a routine tactic used by North Korean police is to cut the electricity to apartment blocs before a raid and then go to each home to check what is on video tapes or DVDs that have become stuck inside players.

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For the time period of January to June 2007, the National Police Agency in Japan seized 331,136 counterfeit items, a record for a six month period.  The total figure seized is already higher then the total number of seizures in all of 2006.

45.7 percent of the counterfeit goods were from China.

Source: Kyodo News, “Fake brand seizures hit new half-year high,” Japan Times, August 24, 2007.