CDs and DVDs
CDs and DVDs
Value of counterfeits seized: $15.6 million
Retail value: $35 million
Percentage of total seizures: 9%

As a result of internet piracy, movies, music, exercise videos, business software and educational material have become increasingly easy to rip off, costing the U.S.-based motion picture and recording industry colossal sums.

These days the fakes available on nearly every city street corner look just like the legitimate versions. In fact, exact copies of the packaging and labels make spotting a fake tricky. To avoid getting duped, Randazzo suggests staying away from too-new releases. "If you have a DVD of a movie that just came out last week, that's going to be fake."

By Jessica Dickler @CNNMoney - Last updated February 09 2012: 3:15 PM ET
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