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.

The figures are based on notice of violation letters sent by the Recording Industry Association of America. The figures were based during the time period of September 2006 to mid-February 2007.

According to the Christian Science Monitor, here are the top ten schools that illegally download music from the Internet:

1. Ohio University

2. Purdue University

3. University of Nebraska, Lincoln

4. University of Tennessee, Knoxville

5. University of South Carolina

6. University of Massachusetts at Amherst

7. Michigan State University

8. Howard University

9. North Carolina State University

10. University of Wisconsin, Madison

For more on this issue, please visit our Music Piracy page.

In the first part of 2007, Custom officials in Finland seized about 140,000 doses of counterfeit drugs.

Officials believe that a majority of the fake drugs are passed through Finland an on to the world black market.

Source: “Counterfeit medicines pass through Finland to world markets,” Helsingin Sanomat, June 14, 2007.

Hundred of millions of dollars are believed to be lost to counterfeit Cuban cigars annually.

Source: Doreen Hemlock, “Beware of cigar imposters” , South Florida Sun-Sentinel, April 9, 2006.


The Nepalese music industry losses an estimated $5.6 Million a year to music piracy.

Source: Asian News International, “Nepalese music industry losing millions to piracy,”, December 7, 2006.


50 percent of all perfumes and cosmetics sold in Russia are counterfeit products, according to deputy minister of economic development and trade back in 2003.

Source: “Counterfeit cosmetics challenge market,” Cosmetics Design, November 28, 2003.