following table lists those countries where overcapacity is thought
to be driving very high levels of pirate production:
Capacity - All Formats
(CD-Audio, CD-Rom, Video-CD) (million units)
Demand - All CD
Formats (million units)
and Eastern Europe continue to be major production centres of pirate
CDs. Hong Kong has seen the sharpest capacity increase, from 600
million units in 1998 to 2 billion units in 1999. In addition, there
is growing production in Russia, Ukraine and the rest of the CIS.
Fuelled by this increasing capacity, piracy of optical discs (all
formats) grew significantly in 1998, up by over 60%. Video CD (VCD)
and CD-ROM piracy was particularly rampant, especially in Asia.