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.

In 2011, the percentage of counterfeit drugs and medicine in Cambodia was reported to be 0.18 percent, down from the 0.5 percent rate in 2010.

Source: Kong Sothanarith, “US Helps Fight Counterfeit Drugs in Cambodia,” Voice of America, February 27, 2012.


Authorities in the European Union detected 157,000 counterfeit coins in circulation in 2011, a decrease of 15 percent from the 186,000 fake coins detected in 2010.

In 2011, police removed 28,000 50-cent coins, 34,500 1-euro coins, and 94,500 2-euro coins from circulation.

With 16 billion euro coins in circulation, the ratio of counterfeit coins to authentic coins was 1 counterfeit to every 100,000 authentic coins.

Source:  “Euro coin counterfeiting in 2011,” EUROPA, Press Release, January 27, 2012.

According to a poll by Colombia University, 46 of all adults in the United States reported pirating copies of a television show, movie or music recording.

70 percent of those in the 18 to 29 year old bracket used pirated content, according to the report.

Source:  Brian Gaar, “Online piracy? Old news for gaming industry,” Statesman, February 19, 2012.

The Director General of the Film Academy of the Philippines reported that movie piracy causes losses of $95 Million (4 Billion Philippine Peso) to the country’s film industry in 2011.

This amount is higher than the $69 Million (3 Billion Pesos) lost in 2010.

Source:  Girlie Linao, “Philippine film industry struggles to get out of slump,” Bikya Masr, February 26, 2012.

In 2011, Google reported to taking down 95,000 advertisements on their search results page that were for websites selling counterfeit goods.

Source:  Jeff Rossen, “Rossen Reports: Are top websites in business with counterfeiters?,” MSNBC, Today, February 24, 2012.


A academic study reports that movie piracy caused a 7 percent decline in international sales for Hollywood studios between 2005 and 2006. The author of the studies found that movies were available using BitTorrent technology after the movie was released in the United States but before the international release.

Source:  Ben Fritz, “Piracy reduces foreign box office receipts 7%, study says,” Los Angeles Times, Company Town Blog, February 20, 2012.

Between 2009 and 2011, the French agency that administers the three strikes law in France against music piracy sent out 822,000 emails to people suspected of illegally downloading music. The agency then sent 68,000 second warnings by mail to uses who were continuing piracy.  Out of the second warning letters, 165 cases were forwarded and counted as the third strike, where courts are now able to impose a $2,600 (2,000 Euros) fine and suspend the users Internet connection for a month.

A study by two universities in the United States found that the three strikes policy lead to an increase of $5 Million (3.8 Million Euros) in sales for Apple’s iTunes in France during the period. The researchers reported that sales of commonly pirated genres such as hip-hop rose after the policy was put in effect, while sales of less pirated music such as Christian and classical music remained the same.

The agency in Franc that administers the policy, Hadopi, employs 70 people and has an annual budget of $92 Million (70 Million Euros).

Source:  Eric Pfanner, “Copyright Cheats Face the Music in France,” New York Times, February 19, 2012.

In 2011, there were a reported 1,363 separate incidents in the electronics manufacturing industry of counterfeit parts entering the supply chain around the world. The number of counterfeit parts incidents was higher than the reported 324 in 2009.

Source:  Rachel King, “Reports of counterfeit parts have quadrupled since 2009,” ZDNet, February 15, 2012.

The city of London had the most pirated music downloads in 2011, according to Musicmetric, an independent music data tracking service located in the UK.

The top six cities in the UK where music piracy activities occurred in 2011 were London, followed by Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham and Glasgow.

Across the entire UK, the artists that were pirated the most in 2011 were Adele, followed by Jessie J, Rihanna, Bruno Mars and Lady Gaga.

Source:  Emma Barnett, “London tops Britain’s illegal download chart,” Telegraph, February 9, 2012.

A spokeswoman for Google reported that the company spent over $60 Million in 2011 talking down and monitoring  “bad ads” that included advertisements for counterfeit and pirated goods.

Source:  Jenna Wortham and Amy Chozick, “In Piracy Debate, Deciding if the Sky Is Falling,” New York Times, February 8, 2012.