FAST appoints Julian Heathcote Hobbins as non-executive director
The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) has announced the appointment of Julian Heathcote Hobbins to its board of directors. Having joined FAST in 2001 and served as FAST’s General Counsel since 2008, Julian will continue to oversee the protection of FAST’s members’ IP rights, prevent cybercrime eroding confidence in software services and campaign for appropriate legislative support for the software industry.
Established in 1984, FAST is a not-for-profit organisation that promotes the legal use of software, enforces against cyber criminals who seek to pollute the supply of software services and influences legal developments accordingly.
Julian joined FAST in July 2001 as Legal Counsel, before moving to Senior Legal Counsel in 2003 and subsequently General Counsel. Prior to joining FAST he worked as a solicitor and gained experience in intellectual property law at the City law firm Theodore Goddard (now Addleshaw Goddard) working on Anti Copying In Design (ACID) matters. During his time with FAST, Julian has worked on behalf of members to enact changes in the law, recently advocating the software industry’s position on the UK private copying exception under Hargreaves considering EU law and advocating on the text of ‘Digital Content’ under the Consumer Rights Bill.
Alex Hilton, CEO of FAST, commented: “Since he joined FAST some 14 years ago, Julian has been instrumental in supporting the Intellectual Property rights of our members both in instances of alleged infringements and at a legislative level. Having amassed expertise and a significant number of contacts within industry and government, Julian is an absolute asset to FAST and it is entirely appropriate that he joins the Board. FAST is fully committed to protecting intellectual property rights, reducing cybercrime and educating both vendors and end users on the legal use of software, and I am confident that the appointment of Julian to the Board will help to drive this mission.”
Julian Heathcote Hobbins, FAST’s General Counsel and recently appointed Board Member, said: “I am delighted to accept this appointment and look forward to spearheading FAST’s legal push to ensure compliance and keep the supply of software and services free from the activities of cyber criminals. The work that we do for our members – and indeed for the software industry at large – is as important today as it was when I joined the organisation, if not more so. Working alongside the rest of the FAST team and the other members of the Board, I will seek to ensure that the legal framework we work in is fit for the 21st century and will continue to fight for the rights of our members.”