One in four Irish young people buying counterfeit goods

A survey by the EU’s Intellectual Property Office found that 52 per cent of young people in Europe had bought at least one fake product online over the past year

A total of 43 per cent of Irish young people admitted to buying fake products, compared to an average of 37 per cent of survey respondents across Europe. Picture: Getty

More than one in four young people in Ireland bought counterfeit goods online in the last year, and nearly 30 per cent knowingly accessed pirated media content, a new survey shows.

The data was compiled by the EU’s Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), which surveyed young Irish people between the ages of 15 and 24 on their purchases in the last year.

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