Trading Standards in Cardiff has completed its second stage of inspections to check local firms are towing the line on software licensing compliance.
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With the support of the Federation Against Software Theft (FAST IiS) Trading Standards has already been active in Cardiff using the powers set down in the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act to inspect business premises for illegal software.
This second stage has been held up as proof by those combating piracy that the pressure will not be eased on those taking intellectual property for granted.
“This sustained activity sends a clear message that we are all serious about tackling the problem. Intellectual property crime is estimated to have cost the software industry £925m in the UK in 2007 alone,” said David Lammy, MP and minister for Intellectual property.
The Trading Standards campaign in Cardiff started last summer with letters going out to local businesses which was then followed by inspections.
Dave Holland, from Cardiff Trading Standards, said that it would continue to pursue those companies that failed to take software licensing compliance seriously.
“Any businesses flagrantly breaking the law without regard will be brought to account,” he said.
Julian Heathcote Hobbins, general counsel of FAST IiS, said that those found to be in breach of the law would find that enforcement would be the option taken by the industry.