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Global Pacific Software becomes latest FAST member

Niche software developer joins FAST after facing infringement issue

Application software developer Global Pacific Software (GPS) has become the latest member of the Federation Against Software Theft (FAST), allowing the organisation to better protect its Intellectual Property (IP) and counter software piracy.

Global Pacific Software is a systems software technology company which develops software tools and licenses these to third parties who develop application software to provide wide ranging functionality. The company’s main product is the “Speedbase” software range, which allows for the rapid development of complex commercial applications. In the UK alone, GPS has supplied its specialist software to a range of major clients including Alliance and Leicester Building society, the RSPB, and material testing giant Exova.

Having encountered several instances of what it considered to be IP infringement, Global Pacific Software turned to FAST for guidance. Commenting on their joining FAST, Martin Zandstra, Global Pacific Software, said:

“Developing outstanding and unique software is not an easy thing; it takes a lot of time and meticulous attention to detail to make sure what you design is perfect for those who need it. As a small company it’s hard to also be fully conversant in the complexities of international copyright licensing. FAST membership gives GPS the considerable benefit of access to handpicked expert opinion, and adds serious weight to arguments when things go wrong, helping businesses like us stand up to software theft.

“Even today’s giant software corporations started small, so FAST has set its fees to make membership a realistic and affordable option, even for start-ups. Membership conveys punching power way beyond a small company’s weight, and I would thoroughly recommend FAST to any young and aspiring software company,” he added.

Building on its heritage, FAST refreshed its membership proposition in early 2015, to ensure that it can cater for the full range of software developers, from large multi-nationals, to SMEs, such as Global Pacific Software. With five membership categories – ranging from the sub £250,000 turnover through to the £25m plus – FAST is now able to offer bespoke membership packages, tailored to the individual needs of members.

Alex Hilton, CEO of FAST, added: “IP theft has a lasting impact on businesses across the industry, whether they are large organisations or SMEs. However it can be more difficult for smaller companies to access the right expertise to be able to take a considered approach to protecting the software IP they have worked so hard to bring to life. This is the exact reason we created the FAST membership scheme, businesses like Global Pacific Software deserve to have the same capabilities to protect themselves as larger organisations and we are very pleased to welcome them into our community.”