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FAST brings ‘Software – Stay Legal’ campaign to Birmingham

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Industry body to train up Trading Standards across the West Midlands to stamp down on software piracy and protect jobs

The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) is to bring its ‘Software – Stay Legal’ campaign to the West Midlands, following on from its UK wide success across the South East, London, Wales and Northern regions.

The launch event, which will take place at the West Midlands Police Tally Ho Conference Centre, Birmingham on 11thOctober, will see FAST work with law enforcement agents and Trading Standards officers from across the region to raise awareness and highlight the negative impact of software piracy on job and wealth creation in the region.

Attendees will receive special insight from software companies Sage, Adobe Systems and Microsoft, as well as presentations from FAST and representatives from law enforcement bodies about the current efforts being made to challenge software piracy.

Jo Chilton, Detective Superintendent, head of Economic Crime Unit, who will speak at the event, said: “Piracy is an emerging threat for law enforcement, a partnership approach allows us all to recognise and then address the issues.   We would seek to work closely with other law enforcement agencies, Trading Standards and industry bodies such as FAST to raise awareness and ensure that such fraudulent activity doesn’t pay.”

Julian Heathcote Hobbins, General Counsel at FAST, said: “The illegal software trade is worth hundreds of millions of pounds in the domestic market alone but it’s not just the IT industry that loses out to software piracy. The end–user is often left in a vulnerable position with an unlawful copy, no access to technical support, no information regarding upgrades and a risk of incomplete or virus contaminated products on their computers.”

Adding to the discussion will be Geoff Goff and Mel Maddox, from the Fraud Insolvency Division (FInD) of leading insolvency practitioners Grant Thornton LLP. They will provide insight on their work with Trading Standards and other law enforcement agencies to ensure that money obtained through illegal activity is identified and confiscated using the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

Mike Thomas, Trading Standards Coordinator, Intellectual Property Office, added: “Industry bodies such as FAST work to ensure that consumers, legitimate businesses and their employees are protected from those who break the law. This partnership between enforcement agencies and Trading Standards underlines the importance of working together in raising awareness, offering guidance and where necessary, enforcing the law.”

This event is free to attend. For more information, and to register, please visit: or email

Join FAST and its guest speakers,

West Midlandbs Police Sport & Social Clu
Tally Ho! Conference & Banqueting Centre
Pershore Road
Birmingham B5 7RN