The first EU-wide intellectual property crime threat assessment from Europol and the EU Intellectual Property Office presented a report that shows that most criminal activity involving counterfeiting is carried out by professionalized organised crime networks, which can reap large profits while running relatively few risks.
The threat assessment shows that domestic manufacturing of counterfeits within Europe is an increasing trend. The report also finds that online, illegal digital content continues to be distributed through BitTorrent portals and peer-to-peer networks, but also, increasingly, via cyberlockers.