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 China Film Copyright Association reported that Chinese Internet Users between the age of 18 to 35 download an average of 31 movies a year, with most of the downloads being illegally pirated.

Source: Clifford Coonan, “China film copyright org to tackle piracy,” Variety, November 2, 2010.

Counterfeit goods in Indonesia causes losses of $4.14 Billion (37 Trillion Indonesian Rupees) each year, according to the Indonesian Anti-Counterfeiting Society.

Source: Marcel Thee, “The Many Faces of Bootlegged Movies,” Jakarta Globe, November 1, 2010.

During the 2009 NFL football season, over 2,800 unauthorized online piracy streams of games were taken down by the league.

Source: Mark Millan, “How to stop the Web’s live sports pirates,” CNN, October 29, 2010.

In 2009, federal investigators from the Public Education Secretariat in Mexico seized 179 fake college diplomas, 84 fake college degrees, and 370 counterfeit professional licenses.

(Prices of fake diploma certificates online.)

Source:  Marion Llyod, “Mexican Secretariat Fights Fake Professional Degrees,” Chronicle of Higher Education, October 18, 2010.

Car maker Toyota conducted 250 anti-counterfeiting raids across the world in 2009 that resulted in 1.1 Million counterfeit auto parts being seized by authorities.

The company losses between $210 to $320 Million to fake parts in China alone.

In Kenya, over 80 percent of the Toyota products sold in the country were discovered to have been counterfeits.

Source: Sam Smith, “Largest watchmaker ‘fed up’ with Gulf fakes,” Emirates 247, October 13, 2010.


Computer and Printer manufacturer HP seized 900,000 counterfeit supplies in the United Arab Emirates in FY2009, double the 444,000 counterfeit parts seized in FY 2008.

Across the entire Middle East region, HP seized 2.4 Million counterfeit parts and supplies in 2009.

Source: Sam Smith, “Largest watchmaker ‘fed up’ with Gulf fakes,” Emirates 247, October 13, 2010.

12 percent of consumers knowingly purchased counterfeit goods in the United Arab Emirates.

Source: Sam Smith, “Largest watchmaker ‘fed up’ with Gulf fakes,” Emirates 247, October 13, 2010.

Counterfeit wine makes up to 30 percent , or 75 million liters, of all wine imports into Russia each year.

Source: “Counterfeit Wine Problems in Russia,” NTD, October 12, 2010.

In 2009, 79 percent of all computers in China were running pirated software, creating financial losses of $7.5 Billion.

Source: AFP, “Microsoft boss decries software piracy by China firms,” Google News, October 8, 2010.

Countries in East Africa lose up to $500 Million in tax revenue due to black market sales of counterfeit goods.

Source: “EA losses $500million to counterfeits annually,” East African, October 7 2010.