Web based pirates continue to flout IP

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Web based pirates continue to flout IP

Simon Quicke

The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) has reacted with dismay at the findings of a European report revealing that intellectual property is being undermined by illegal downloads over the internet.

Research from Envisional surveyed the top 10,000 torrents with 6,000 plus containing content that infringed IP and undermined the creative industries, which are looking to grow through support from legitimate users.

The fraud monitoring specialist has estimated earlier this year that just shy of a quarter of all internet traffic includes the distribution of copyrighted work.

The government is currentlyu considering what to do regarding intellectual property following the Hargreaves Review but in the meantime FAST has called for more education about the costs of piracy.

"Envisional's research into infringement, reinforces our message that infringing IP rights online is far too simple a step and that participants do not appreciate the damaging effects of piracy," said Julian Heathcote-Hobbins, general counsel at FAST.

"Considering that recent data suggests that economic growth has slowed from the 0.5% of the first quarter of 2011, we hope that the moral is that buying legitimate product increases productivity thereby aiding the recovery, which in turn must benefit us all," he added.

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