ARTICLE: Developing training for tackling audiovisual internet piracy

15 October 2014

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AAPA: Developing training for tackling audiovisual internet piracy

The Audiovisual Anti-Piracy Alliance (AAPA - reinforced its commitment to enhancing the capability of public sector enforcement agencies to take effective action against audiovisual internet piracy during a two day workshop at Interpol in Lyon.

The workshop is the start of a process whose end result will be in an online training module being hosted on the International Intellectual Property Crime Investigators College (IIPCIC) website ( The IIPIC is an initiative led by Interpol, delivered by the Trafficking in Illicit Goods and Counterfeiting Programme, in conjunction with Underwriters Laboratories (UL) University. The IIPCIC online training facility aims to equip IP investigators with the skills that are necessary to combat transnational organised IP crime effectively.

The AAPA module builds upon presentations given at the OHIM-Europol knowhow session on IP Crime in Sport and covers both card-sharing and illegal streaming. It will offer a detailed explanation of the dos and don'ts of investigating internet piracy: for example, what evidence to gather to support raids and prosecution, how to do so and how to preserve evidence; how to trace the money flows and the payment methods used; how to identify and collaborate with third parties who can support an investigation and action - including where cross-border enforcement is required; and how to determine the offences that are taking place, e.g. fraud; computer misuse; copyright theft; misuse of trademarks and corporate secrets; money laundering.