As of October 2011, the movie Avatar is the most pirated movies of all time with 21 million illegal downloads, according to BitTorrent. The Dark Knight and Transformers were tied for the second most pirated film.
The book industry association in Germany stated that around 60 percent of all e-books downloaded in the country are pirated.
The World Trade Organization reports that between 2.5 to 5 percent of government’s tax revenue is lost due to the sale of counterfeit drugs worldwide.
Counterfeit anti-malaria pills causes the deaths of 100,000 people in Africa each year, according to the World Trade Organization.
A 2008 study produced by the Humane Society found that up to 70 percent of counterfeit fur-lined jackets was made with fur from raccoon dogs instead of the fur advertised.
A counterfeit version of the iPhone 4 costs $140 (3 Million Vietnamese Dong) in Vietnam. An authentic version of the phone costs $670 (4 Million Vietnamese Dong). The counterfeit phones are made in Thailand and are smuggled into Vietnam through Cambodia.
The counterfeit industry in Kenya is worth $688 Million (70 Billion Kenyan Shillings) a year, according to a policy report. Kenya has the largest counterfeit market in East Africa, with China and India providing the majority of counterfeit items into the country.
According to the Intellectual Property Alliance, industries in the United States face counterfeiting activities in at least 52 countries around the world.
IT equipment and parts are the most counterfeited product in Tanzania, according to officials. Between May 2005 and June 2011, authorities seized $1.83 Million worth of counterfeit IT products. In the first 8 months of 2011, over 7,000 counterfeit cartridges and other equipments were seized within the country.
Drug maker Pfizer has reported that counterfeit versions of their drugs has been found in at least 101 countries. 40 different types of their products were found within those countries, including counterfeit Viagra, Lipitor and Zoloft.