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FAST takes ‘Get Software Smart – Stay Legal’ to the South East

Trading Standards campaign to highlight damaging impact of software theft on wider economy

The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) in partnership with Trading Standards, has announced the return of its Get Software Smart – Stay Legal campaign to the South East, which is aimed training and educating Trading Standards and other law enforcement officers about how best to tackle software theft.

The launch event, which will take place on the 26th November 2014 at Adobe’s European Headquarters in Maidenhead, will offer Trading Standards Officers in the South East insights on how to master to legal and investigative challenges of tackling software Intellectual Property (IP) crime. Attendees will hear from a number of software rights holders, including Adobe, Microsoft and Garmin, as well as representatives from the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) and the National Crime Agency. 

Speaking about the key role that Trading Standards Officers play in the prevention of software theft, Julian Heathcote Hobbins, General Counsel at FAST, said: “Through our ‘Get Software Smart. Stay Legal’ campaign we work closely with Trading Standards and other law enforcement bodies throughout the UK to highlight the issues we face. It’s vital that we maintain the integrity of enforcement agencies, such as Trading Standards, to challenge the sale of counterfeit software and limit its effects on the broader economy.

“Trading Standards Officers stand at the forefront of the software industry’s defences, so it’s important that we can equip them with helpful skills and knowledge that they need to efficiently identify and deal with software fraudsters. Persistent cuts to Trading Standards’ budgets, combined with the potential negative impact of a possible the 48-hour notice period for inspections to be imposed by the forthcoming Consumer Rights legislation, means that the industry must buoy Officers,” he continued.

Detective chief inspector Daniel Medlycott, head of the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU), added: “Creative firms comprise the innovative backbone of the UK economy, employing hundreds of thousands of people. The relative ease with which software can be stolen or counterfeited gives no indication of the years of work that have gone into developing it. It’s therefore vital that these businesses can have confidence that their hard-earned IP will be properly protected and that the law will be enforced.”