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 IFPI states that the ratio of unlicensed digital tracks downloaded to licensed tracks is about 20 to 1.

 

In 2007, up to 9.3 million people used p2p services to download pirated music.

 

As of October 2007, the market in the illegal piracy of music was growing at a rate of 60 percent a year, and was ten times the size of the legal downloading services.

 

Bloomberg News reported that more than half of U.S. college students pirated music and movies in 2006. Collectively, college students accounted for 1.3 billion illegal downloads in 2006. Two thirds of their music were obtained thorough illegal piracy.

 

In China in 2006, one-fifth of searches on baidu.com was for unlicensed MP3’s. Baidu.com is China’s leading search engine with 50 percent of online searches conducted through its website.

 

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90 percent of pirated movies available on the Internet were filmed using a camcorder.

 

Up to 80 percent of internet traffic is believed to be P2P file distribution, with the vast bulk of content being music and movies.

 

College campuses are responsible for 15 percent of piracy. The MPAA previously reported in error that college students were responsible for 44 percent of piracy.

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According to market research firm NPD Group, in the third quarter of 2006, nearly 60 percent of video files downloaded from P2P sites were adult-film content, 20 percent were TV shows, and 5 percent was mainstream movie content.

 

Movie piracy causes $2.7 Billion in losses to the Los Angeles economy.