A counterfeit identification ring in Puerto Rico was selling fake identifications such as social security numbers, birth certificates and drivers licenses at a price of $2,500 a set.
The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement seized 24,792 items of counterfeit goods during the Fiscal 2011 year. The value of the counterfeit goods was worth $178.9 Million. The number of fake goods seized in FY2011 was higher than the 19,959 counterfeit goods seized in FY2010.
In 2011, over 60,000 counterfeit clothing and apparel items featuring college athletic teams were seized by the Collegiate Licensing Company. The value of the counterfeit goods was worth over $1 Million. The company also reported that nearly 5,000 pieces of counterfeit goods such as shirts and hats are seized each year outside the stadium where the BCS Championship game is played. Revenue from licensed collegiate athletics generates $4.3 Billion a year for the schools.
Authorities in China reported seizing over 52 million items of pirated publications, pornography and other types of illicit content in 2011. 31.5 million audio and video items were seized, along with 6.6 million books and 988,000 digital copies of publications. 1.8 million online posts were also taken down due to its illicit content.
During raids conducted in December 2011, authorities seized over 100,000 pirated books in Pakistan, with a majority of the book being seized in the city of Lahore. Every year, the government of Pakistan losses up to $221 Million (20 Billion Pakistan Rupees) in tax revenue due to the pirating of intellectual property within the country.
At the end of 2011, an estimated 20 percent of all ebooks downloaded on to e-readers were believed to have been pirated. In the United Kingdom, the Publishers Associated issued 115,000 legal notices to websites who were offering free pirated copies of books, an increase of 130 percent from the number of notices sent out in 2010.
Officials in India estimate that the country losses up to $5 Billion a year to counterfeits made in China.
The movie “Fast Five” was the most pirated movie in 2011, downloaded 9.3 million times using BitTorrent technology, according to TorrentFreak. Following “Fast Five was “The Hangover Part II” (8.8 million downloads), “Thor” (8.3 million), “Source Code” (7.9 million), and “I Am Number Four” (7.7 million).
The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement reported 19,960 counterfeit goods seizures in the United States in 2010, an increase of 34 percent of the number of seizures in 2009.
During July 2009 and July 2011, police in China investigated over 42,000 cases of counterfeit drugs and shut down 1,093 illegal websites that were selling fake drugs.