IIPCIC Advanced Curriculum Information

Investigating Online Counterfeiting and Piracy

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This 8 module advanced course explores Investigating Online Counterfeiting and Piracy. The learning is based on the assumption that students will already be broadly familiar with the Internet and online terminology. It is also assumed that students will be aware of the nature and extent of piracy, and the trafficking in illicit and counterfeit goods through the Internet. The advanced course examines investigating online piracy and counterfeiting in detail to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to successfully lead and manage online criminal investigations.

You will be presented with the fundamental content necessary to understand Investigating Online Counterfeiting and Piracy. As part of the program you will be required to pass a 50 question exam to demonstrate that you understand the concepts presented in each of the modules. You will need to score 80% or better to pass the exam and earn your certificate.

This course is currently available in English and Spanish, Mandarin will be available soon.


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The series consists of eight lessons to help you pass the exam:

Module 1:  Structure of the Internet

In this training we will discuss the structure of the Internet, how it is managed and delivered worldwide for the collective benefit of all concerned. How the Internet is composed of many different digital IP addresses, domains names and associated networks, which are accessible through various Internet Service Providers (ISPs). These ISPs offer storage and service to consumers in a variety of forms, each with distinct advantages and disadvantages, which have the potential to assist or hinder investigations into criminal activities.

Module 2:  Online platforms

In this training we will discuss various online platforms, including but not limited to; social networks, discussion forums, and online marketplaces. Learners will acquire information regarding the types and forms of websites encountered by both consumers and pirates alike, as well as how these sites might be exploited by either party.

Module 3:  Methods of connection to suspects

In this training we will discuss various means of communication and web access, as well as what types of evidences they may offer to investigators. Learners will gain an understanding of how criminals gain access to the Internet and communication tools used to exploit online platforms and distribute counterfeit and pirated goods. When criminals use the Internet and online platforms, they leave a trail which an online investigator can follow to collect intelligence and evidence of their crimes.

Module 4:  Information available to online investigators

In this training we will discuss a more in-depth look at the information and data left behind by criminals as they engage in the various parts of the internet. Learners will acquire a greater comprehensive understanding of the analytical tools available to them and how they might assist in a criminal investigation.

Module 5:  Online Distribution of Counterfeit Goods

In this training we will discuss how to differentiate between online counterfeiting and online piracy, the breadth and ready availability of many diverse types of counterfeit products and how these activities violate applicable laws. Learner will gain knowledge of how organized criminals systematically exploit the Internet supply chain worldwide to distribute counterfeit products on an industrial scale.

Module 6:  Online Distribution of Pirated Digital Content

In this training, online piracy is explored in general and in detail, with much examination dedicated to digital piracy and its social and legal status in various parts of the world. Learners will gain a deeper comprehension of the drivers (both consumer and criminal) and consequences of digital piracy, in addition to possible strategic needs and goals in relation to combatting such.

Module 7:  Investigating Online Infringement

In this training we will take a deep look at the methods and processes for prosecuting criminal activity, including, but not limited to, the gathering of intelligence and analysis of internet systems. Learners will be able to apply past and current knowledge and assemble an understanding of how to commence an online criminal investigation via evidence collection.

Module 8:  Digital Crime Scene Management

This training has a specific focus on digital crime scene management and reinforces the need for investigators to adopt a systematic approach to investigating all kinds of trafficking in illicit goods. Strategies for the maintenance of a criminal investigation are detailed and additional tools and processes available to investigators are examined. Learners will build upon their past knowledge in order to adopt effective management strategies for the continued pursuit of online criminal activity.


On successful completion of the 8 modules and final exam, students can download an IIPCIC Certificate endorsed by INTERPOL certifying they have successfully completed a course of professional studies on the Investigating Online Counterfeiting and Piracy. The certificated course, recognized by INTERPOL, sets international standards and provides IP crime professionals with evidence of specialist awareness and learning on the subject of Investigating Online Counterfeiting and Piracy.

Law Enforcement Training Costs

All law enforcement IP crime investigators including police officers, customs or appropriate regulatory body representatives will automatically be enrolled in this course without charge after successfully completing the 14 core introductory and intermediate level modules. For questions related to eligibility, please e-mail content@iipcic.org. Please provide your full name, agency name, work e-mail address and office telephone number.

Online Investigations Advanced Curriculum