The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) has used thepowers set down in the Copyright and Patents Act for the first time to supportan anti-piracy raid.
Under Section 107A in the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act1988, which came into force in April last year Trading Standards are able to enter premises they suspect of holding counterfiet product.
FAST launched a raid at anaddress in Becton, East London following up a tip off from a member that noticed that somebody local was selling counterfeit.
“The evidence brought to Trading Standards by FAST legal hasproved invaluable in securing police cooperation for the raid. Critically thisis the first time for my branch in UK history that we have been ableto use these new powers granted in April 2007,” said a spokesman for FAST.
Trading standards cautioned the individual after discoveringthe evidence at his home and was told to cease sales of counterfeit products.
News of the raid builds on a relationship FAST has beendeveloping with Trading Standards with the groups working together in Cardiff to counter counterfeitthere.
It also follows on from the announcement earlier today fromthe Business Software Alliance that it has started legal proceedings against a counterfeittrader in Wolverhampton.