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.

Between January and July 2013, authorities in Ireland seized 840 liters of counterfeit alcohol across the country.

Officials state that most of the organized crime groups involved in the production of counterfeit alcohol also are invovled in cigarette smuggling.

Source:  “‘Unscrupulous pub owners’ selling dangerous counterfeit alcohol,” Journal, August 6, 2013.

According to the Motion Picture Association of America, people in Russia download 31 million unlicensed American movies each year using torrent services.

In 2012, the International Intellectual Property Alliance found that there were 0 cases of Internet piracy prosecution cases during the year.

(More movie piracy statistics.)

Source:  Ilya Khrennikov, “Netflix Clones in Russia Get a Head Start With Piracy Law,” Bloomberg, July 31, 2013.

The Nigerian Copyright Commission reported that counterfeiting and piracy causes losses of over $1 Billion each year in Nigeria.

Source:  Chris Ochayi, “Nigeria loses over $1bn annually to piracy – NCC,” Vanguard, July 30, 2013.

According to police in Paris, there are between 300 to 400 vendors in Paris who sell trinkets to tourists around the Eiffel Tower during the summer season. Police state that Chinese gangs import souvenirs from China and then sells the goods to other sellers.

In a raid by police in July 2013, authorities discovered 60 tonnes of miniature Eiffel Tower replicas that were to be sold to tourists.

(More crime in France statistics.)

Source:  Alexandria Sage, “60 tonnes of Eiffel Tower trinkets seized in Paris,” Reuters, July 25, 2013.

In the first six months of 2013, bank officials in the Netherlands seized 19,400 counterfeit euro banknotes from circulation. The number of fake currency seized in the country was 49 percent higher than the number of fakes discovered during the same time period in 2012.

Across the European Union, a total of 317,000 counterfeit euros were detected in the first six months of 2013, a 26 percent increase from the number of fakes detected in first half of 2012.

(How counterfeiters make fake money.)

Source:  Alexandra Gowling, “Number of counterfeit euro banknotes in the Netherlands increases,” I Am Expat, July 25, 2013.

In 2008, an estimated 1.2 billion music songs were digitally pirated on the Internet in Norway. In 2012, the number of pirated musics files dropped to 210 million.

260 million movies were illegally downloaded in Norway in 2008. By 2012, the number of pirated movies downloaded online fell to 120 million.

Both declines in the number of pirated digital files were attributed to streaming Internet services such as Spotify and Netflix.

Source:  Adam Sherwin, “Music and film industries winning war on piracy, says report,” Independent, July 17, 2013.

Immigration officials in Japan has identified at least 33 cases of foreigners holding counterfeit resident cards between July 2012 through May 2013.

Japan introduced a new foreign resident card system on July 9, 2012, and has issued around 1.1 million cards thus far.

The holders of the counterfeit cards were reported to have overstayed their visas.

(Fake passports and visas on the black market.)

Source:  “Foreigners working longer hours via counterfeit resident cards: immigration,” Japan Times, July 13, 2013.

An officer from the Los Angeles Police Department told the media that some pirated movie seller who offer their DVDs on a blanket in the streets of LA can make up to $20,00 to $80,00 a month.

(More income from the underground economy.)

Source:  “FBI Targets Pirated Movie, Music Sales With PSA Campaign,” CBS Los Angeles, July 9, 2013.

92 percent of ebook readers in Russia obtained their books illegally downloading the materials.

In the United States, the ebook piracy rate is about 12 percent.

(All pirated books statistics.)

Source:  Lauren Indvik, “92% of E-Book Downloads in Russia Are Pirated,” Mashable, July 9, 2013.

In the first six months of 2013, authorities in Yemen seized and destroyed over 57 tons of counterfeit and expired foods, counterfeit cosmetics and counterfeit drugs. 581 cases of counterfeiting have been identified by law enforcement, with 522 cases being sent to the Prosecutors office.

Amongst the actions taken by officials were seizing  50,000 packs of chewing gum and shutting down 8 ice cream factories that were shut down due to lack safety standards and substandard ingredients.

In 2012, over 80 tons of counterfeit goods was seized and destroyed in Yemen.

Source: Ali Ibrahim Al-Moshki, “Over 57 tons of expired, counterfeit goods destroyed,” Yemen Times, July 8, 2013.