FAST to share knowledge of digital software law


FAST to share knowledge of digital software law

Microscope contributor

Bono is not alone in raising questions about copyright protection around digital files. The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) is also looking to share its legal knowledge with resellers and users.

FAST established its Legal Advisory Group in the early 1980s consisting of lawyers specialising in intellectual property, meeting several times a year to discuss issues impacting the software industry.

But the intelligence that has been built up over the past twenty odd years is now going to be shared with users and resellers.

The Legal Advisory Group is at the heart of FAST's attempts to lobby government to make changes to IP laws.

"The Digital Group's first task is to consider the new Digital Economy Bill and specifically decide wether there are material issues affecting the software industry with certain clauses," said FAST general counsel, Julian Heathcote Hobbins.

At the start of the week the question of protecting digital content was put firmly on the agenda by U2's lead singer Bono who used an opinion piece in the New York Times to call for ISPs to be tougher with those sharing illegal files.

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