FAST brings legal experts together to keep IP protection on agenda

Simon Quicke

The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) is aiming to keep the pressure on the government and those influencing the intectual property protection debate through an event designed to bring together legal experts across the software industry.

The software lobby group's Legal Advisory group will meet this Wednesday to try and keep the momentum following last year's Hargreaves Report still at the forefront of the IP debate.

The Hargreaves Report, comissioned by the government, has advised more action to be taken to protect IP and the revenues that are lost over piracy and copyright infringement.

FAST is bringing together the IP enforcement policy counsel at Microsoft as well as IP consultants and laywers who specialist in this field.

"The opportunity presented by this [meeting] is for the software industry to discuess where we see the future of intellectual property and the key issues we face," said Julian Heathcote Hobbins, FAST general counsel.

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