FAST sends warning it means business with Trading Standards

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FAST sends warning it means business with Trading Standards

Simon Quicke
The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) has stepped up its fight against software pirates working with Trading Standards to target those businesses that are using illegal software.

The two organisations have a history of cooperation on the piracy fight that spreads back quite a few years with campaigns in Cardiff and a successful raid in East London under the belt to show the effectiveness of their joint approach.

But it has been a while since the trumpet was blown by FAST over its relationship with Trading Standards and it has now set out a fresh warning to those operating on the wrong side of the law that it will come and get them.

"Businesses will not benefit from cutting corners when it comes to software compliance," said John Lovelock, chief executive of FAST "Aside from a hefty fine and possible imprisonment for criminal offences by directors knowingly allowing illegal use, an organisation can lose its reputation if it is exposed by the media or FAST for illegal activity."

Trading Standards have been actively warning customers to check their licenses to ensure they are legal and Rob Abell, fair trading officer at Trading Standards, said that piracy was undermining the digital economy.

"Future investment, innovation and people's jobs are at stake. We want a level playing field for those businesses that are meeting their legal requirements," he said.

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