14 March 2017

The launch of the AAPA sponsored e-training modules on audiovisual internet piracy in October 2015 made training on identifying and investigation the two most prevalent forms of audiovisual piracy – card sharing and illegal streaming – available to law enforcement worldwide. Law enforcement officers from a wide range of countries have taken the courses.

Since October 2015 the number of law enforcement officers registered to use the International IP Crime Investigators College (IIPCIC) training courses has risen from 9,000 to 12,500 and, confirming its commitment to support anti-piracy activity globally, AAPA has sponsored the translation of the modules into Spanish. These have been launched today. Consideration is being given to making the modules available in other languages also.

Sheila Cassells, Executive Director of AAPA, said that: “Making the training modules available in Spanish should extend the accessibility of the courses developed by AAPA members to more law enforcement officers and improve the prospects of successful law enforcement action throughout the world. The launch of the Spanish version of the modules today is one of a number of training activities which AAPA will be engaged in over the months ahead.”

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 and the importance of using experts in computer crime.

IIPCIC is a joint initiative of the Interpol Trafficking in Illicit Goods Program and Underwriters Labs (UL) and currently provides IP crime prevention training to over 12,500 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.



AAPA represents companies involved in the provision of protected audiovisual services, security technology for such services, and the manufacturing of products which facilitate the delivery of such services. AAPA’s mission is to enable the fight against piracy where this involves the development, promotion, distribution, application or use of technologies resulting in the unauthorised use of protected audiovisual content, by co-ordinating intelligence and action supported by effective legislation and its implementation.

AAPA has participated in two OHIM-Europol-Eurojust know-how sessions which bring together over 100 participants from law enforcement, including police, prosecutors and customs agents, as well as the private sector. The first session was on IP crime in sports and the second on the Internet as a facilitator of piracy. Last year AAPA also provided training at Europol.