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FAST backs Microsoft action against Comet

Simon Quicke

The move by Microsoft to sue Comet for selling counterfeit copies of Windows Vista and Xp has been given the backing of intellectual property rights campaigner the Federation Against Software Theft (FAST).

The shock announcement yesterday that legal proceedings had been started by Microsoft against Comet for allowing 94,000 counterfeit copies of software to end up in the hands of customers gained widespread coverage for the issue of illegal software.

FAST has been campaigning for better IP protection in the UK and saw the move by Microsoft as one that would not just help protect customers but also claw back some of the money the software industry loses as a result of piracy.

"We are fully supportive of the need to maintain a robust IP regime here in the UK. While we cannot comment on ongoing litigation specifics, it is absolutely clear that constant attention and an incessant pish to reduce the problem of counterfeiting and piracy is in the very best interests of both the software industry and the customer, who needs to be reassured to encourage the purchase of genuine product," said Julian Heathcote Hobbins, general counsel at FAST.

But he said that although Microsoft was being proactive there was still a lack of awareness about the need to reform IP protection among the broader IT industry.


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