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The impact of education and enforcement begins to drive down piracy amongst Generation Y

But 40% of young Brits are still downloading illegal content and a quarter state that nothing will deter them

A combined strategy of technology, IP appreciation and ultimately enforcement, are beginning to have an impact on attitudes to software piracy amongst the under 35’s. This...

Growth in shadow IT calls for heightened awareness of software licencing

Do companies have policies in place to ensure software compliance and in a BYOA world?

The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) is calling on organisations to be aware of the compliance challenges and not get caught out as working practices shift with the growth in BYOA (Bring...

Hounslow Trading Standards lead software swoop

Probe sparked by FAST whistleblower’s report

Hounslow Trading Standards officers assisted by the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) executed a warrant at an address in West London today. This ‘feet on the streets action’ is part of an ongoing investigation into...

Trading Standards budget cut of 40% risks negative impacts on legitimate traders, warns FAST

Preservation of strong enforcement measures needed to protect legitimate UK businesses and consumers

The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) has warned that dramatic cuts to Trading Standards’ budgets risks creating a rogue’s charter. The UK must retain its strong enforcement...

Intellectual Property plays critical role in economic growth

Parliamentary event with Minister for Intellectual Property held as Government unveils its response to consultation process on IP within the Creative Industries

The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) held a reception at the Houses of Parliament last night, with the Minister...

FAST calls on businesses to get their IT estates in order for the New Year

The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) is urging businesses in the UK to take control of their IT estates as they start 2014 to save money, reduce hassle, and ensure compliance with the law. 

Hargreaves proposed private copying exception must clearly exclude software, says FAST

The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) has warned that the Government’s proposed private copying exception for copyright is too broad in its scope, and must be refined in order to account for the nuances of software which are dealt with under the Software Directive (Directive 91/250/EEC...

Consumer Rights Bill threatens to take the teeth out of Trading Standards in dealing with Rogue Traders, warns FAST

Proposed notice requirements stymie chances of catching software theft

The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) has warned that a proposed amendment to the Draft Consumer Rights Bill, which will require Trading Standards Officers to provide written notice two working days...

FAST encourages the North West to ‘Stay Legal’

Industry body invites the North West to join Microsoft, Adobe and Garmin at the ‘Get Software Smart – Stay Legal’ event on 14th November

The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) is taking its successful ‘Get Software Smart: Stay Legal’ campaign to Bury, mirroring similar...