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As we run up to the general election in May I am delighted to launch FAST ten point Software Manifesto that focuses on three key areas: enforcement, deterrence and accountability. Over the next two weeks we will publish one point per day and welcome feedback and discussion

Mike Weatherly MP, Intellectual Property advisor to David Cameron, has written a report saying that search engines like Google must use their resources to help safeguard the UK's creative industries, putting forward a raft of measures that could go a long way putting a stop to piracy.

It is somewhat ironic that as I have already reported that while Trading Standards is under increasing financial pressure, Hounslow Trading Standards officers (assisted by the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU)) executed a warrant at an address in West London. 

The latest Trading Standards Workforce Survey has found that by 2016 most Trading Standards services in England and Wales will have had their budgets cut by an average of 40 per cent compared with their 2010 levels.

As the appeal of apparent initial savings continues to drive the $2bn-a-year global counterfeit software industry, the impact on enterprises is set to quadruple this year.

Once seen as the most relaxed of working days, Friday is rapidly becoming the day of choice for employees looking to report software misuse in their organisations.

A major study by IDC has revealed the true cost of using counterfeit and pirated software for enterprises and consumers, pointing to dramatically heightened risks of malware infection, security breaches and financial loss.