FAST backs government's intellectual property education


FAST backs government's intellectual property education

Simon Quicke

The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) has backed the government's latest attempts to educate users around the importance of intellectual property.

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is currently promoting a website that provides advice to firms keen to know the rights and wrongs of intellectual property with guidance over around how to establish policies to protect IP as well as a guide for the procurement of software.

There is also advice for those that want to report IP crime and how to audit an organisation to check they are on the right side of the law.

Julian Heathcote Hobbins, general counsel at FAST, said that the IPO webpages would be a valuable resource: "This simple to use, free service will give a steer on everything from setting up IP policies through to how to report IP crime.  FAST is delighted to have helped in its development as we see this as an important educational tool in the fight against software piracy and counterfeiting which can creep into the business environment."
"The key question we would therefore urge UK business leaders to ask is this: is your office or business being used to carry out infringing activities (either work or personal)? If so, any legal risks should be met head on, dealing with the issue so that there is no exposure to yourself and your business," he added.

In addition he suggested that the web pages would also help to manage against IT security breaches including viruses which hamper staff productivity. "This guide for businesses on IP rights (IPR) infringement at work is to help you assess your risk and develop your response," he added.

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