EU: Most Pirated CDs Come From China
June 1, 2007 at 2:22 PM (PT)
A EUROPEAN COMMISSION report on pirated goods shows that, of all counterfeit CDs, DVDs and cassettes seized by EUROPEAN UNION customs last year, 93% of them originated in CHINA. Three percent came from IRAN, and 1% each came from TAIWAN, SYRIA, ISRAEL and "others." CHINA was the source of 51% of pirated CDs and DVDs in 2005.
In total, over 23 million pirated CDs and DVDs were seized by customs at European borders in 2006, a139% increase in the seizures of discs (audio, games, film, software) compared to 2005.
China is producing and exporting millions of pirate products around the world. This has to stop.
IFPI Regional Dir./EUROPE FRANCES MOORE said, "These statistics underscore the urgent need for the EU to step up pressure on CHINA before the WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION. CHINA is producing and exporting millions of pirate products around the world. This has to stop."
CHINA is currently facing a WTO case brought by the U.S. that challenges weaknesses in the country's protection and enforcement of copyrights and trademarks. The EU joined the consultation phase of the WTO case as a third party at the end of APRIL.
IFPI estimates that a third of all CDs purchased in 2005 were pirated -- 1.2 billion pirated CDs in total. The global traffic of pirated CDs was worth $4.5 billion in 2005 based on pirate prices.