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24/7 Wall St.: The 10 Most Counterfeited Products in America

7. Optical Media

Value: $38.4 million
Pct. of total seizures: : 3%

Although it represented only 3% of the value of all seized items in 2012, optical media was seized by CBP agents nearly 2,900 times in 2012, making the product the third-most confiscated item. However, this was down from more than 4,200 seizures in 2011, when optical media was second only to clothing and accessories in terms of total number of seizures. Despite this, the $38.4 million value of the seized goods was higher than the approximately $35 million seized in 2011, indicating that the average value of each seizure was greater. Since optical media only includes tangible items such as movies or music on a CD and not digital transmission, the real scope of media counterfeits is likely significantly understated by these figures.

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