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FAST Legal Advisory Group (FLAG) leads discussion on Internet Piracy

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Industry experts gather on the 12th September in Westminster to discuss developments in IP & internet law ahead of the implementation of the DEA

FLAG, the Federation Against Software Theft’s (FAST) Legal Advisory Group, is hosting an event at the Houses of Parliament, 1 Parliament Street, London on 12th September 2012 to discuss aspects of recent developments on internet and Intellectual Property (IP) law.

The event will provide the software legal community with an opportunity to explore topical issues, including commentary and debate on investigating crime on social networks, a conspiracy to defraud prosecution of "facilitating" the infringement of copyright and the latest developments in the Digital Economy Act (DEA). Attendees will have the unique opportunity to hear from leading industry professionals, including experienced barristers Adam King, David Groome /Ari Alibhai, as well as, Justin Le Patourel who is heading the implementation of the DEA for Ofcom.

Pete Wishart, MP for Perth and North Perthshire and Vice-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Intellectual Property Group, is hosting the event and commented:

“IP is the bedrock underpinning our creative industries – whether the rights are connected to design, trademarks or copyright. Online and particularly social media has brought huge creative opportunities however it can also be used as shop window for IP illicit behaviour. This FLAG event promises to shed much-needed light on these areas of key topical importance.”

FAST General Counsel, Julian Heathcote Hobbins commented: “Intellectual Property law and knowledge of investigation techniques, particularly in the fast-paced software industry, need constant review if they are to remain current. The DEA is making slow but positive progress. Speakers will assess these developments.”

Dawn Osborne, Partner at Intellectual Property specialists Palmer Biggs Legal and Chair of FLAG, added: “FLAG meetings are an opportunity for key members of the software industry and the legal fraternity to network and share their expertise about areas of interest. The specialist legal knowledge that FLAG has built up on issues will allow for valuable insight on the fast evolving software industry, IP in the digital environment and the increasingly complex challenges faced by law-enforcement when enforcement is a must.”

FLAG was established shortly after FAST in 1984 and consists of representatives from many of the UK’s leading legal firms with cutting edge Intellectual Property practices. FLAG meets several times a year to receive presentations on pertinent topics and to review legal developments in the software industry.

Speakers include:

Adam King, Barrister
Adam King is instructed for both the defence and prosecution across the full range of criminal offences. He has a detailed knowledge of Confiscation proceedings under POCA, and a thorough and practical understanding of PII applications. Adam is experienced in prosecuting trading standards cases.

David Groome, Barrister
David Groome has expertise in criminal aspects of IP law (trademarks and copyright); all aspects of Trading Standards law, in particular, product safety, consumer credit and cases involving counterfeit goods.

Ari Alibhai, Barrister
Ari Alibhai has expertise in criminal aspects of copyright and trademark law, trading standards law and confiscation. He has prosecuted a large number of cases on behalf of the British Phonographic Industry and various Trading Standards services, prosecuting all types of counterfeiting activity.

Justin Le Patourel, Head of Copyright, Ofcom
Justin Le Patourel has extensive experience with online copyright legislation and will critically assess the progress of the anti-piracy provisions of the DEA.

For more information, and to register, please visit: or email

Join FAST and its guest speakers,
12:00 for 12:30 start. Close 15:00.
Houses of Parliament
1 Parliament Street
London, SW1A