Music Labels Face Increase in Counterfeit CD Sales Online

In the latest challenge for the battered music industry, pirates are flooding Inc. and other online retailers with counterfeit CDs that often cost nearly as much as the official versions and increasingly are difficult to distinguish from the real goods. One major record company said that in some European markets its direct-to-consumer CD sales were flat, while its Amazon account sales were down 17% or more this year due to counterfeits.