PESS RELEASE: Audiovisual internet piracy training module launches

29 October 2015

Audiovisual internet piracy training module launches on international IP crime investigators college

Building on previous training initiatives the Audiovisual Anti-Piracy Alliance (AAPA) announced today the launch of an audiovisual internet piracy training module on the International Intellectual Property Crime Investigators College (IIPCIC) online platform.

The module is designed for enforcement officers and provides information needed to identify and investigate two forms on audiovisual piracy; card-sharing and illegal streaming. It comprises a description of the industry, the purpose and characteristics of content protection technologies, types of piracy and describes how to gather evidence, including live forensics, identify and seize illegal income, as well as the importance of using experts in computer crime.

IIPCIC is a joint initiative of INTERPOL’s Trafficking in Illicit Goods Program and Underwriters Labs (UL) and currently provides IP crime prevention training to over 9000 law enforcement professionals from 156 countries worldwide. The AAPA module supplements the core IIPCIC curriculum which includes training on Internet Piracy and Combating Online Criminals in the 21st Century and on the Economic Consequences of Online Crime.

Commenting on the training module Sheila Cassells, Executive Director of AAPA said: “Audiovisual piracy is a global issue and we see this training module as an important step in improving the prospect of successful enforcement action worldwide. It is essential that organisations such as AAPA make available members’ expertise to help enforcement officers fight this economically damaging activity. We are committed to supporting training in Europe and beyond.”

Michael Ellis, head of INTERPOL’s Trafficking in Illicit Goods Program, said: “INTERPOL welcomes the AAPA module which not only provides detailed training on how to investigate audiovisual internet piracy, but will also be valuable in other areas such as the fight against the online sale of counterfeited products.”