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The Federation Against Software Theft has set its sights on cracking software piracy in Wales through an education campaign that is being targeted at Trading Standards.
The 'Software - Stay Legal' campaign kicks off at a launch in Cardiff early next month with FAST spelling out just how much harm piracy does to the economy with support from the likes of Adobe and Symantec and locals MPs.
Trading Standards is being educated about the impact of piracy and the need to prevent it from harming both the channel and the customer and FAST has also launched a web site aimed at providing more information to HMRC and the Police.
FAST has worked with Trading Standards in the past in specific areas around Cardiff to search premises and unearth piracy but this is the first time it will be educating a large number of those charged with protecting customers on the front line.
Jenny Willott, MP for Cardiff Central, is also backing the campaign: "Industry-led organisations such as FAST ensure that consumers, legitimate businesses and their employees are protected from those who break the law. This partnership between enforcement agencies and Trading Standards underlines the importance of working together in raising awareness, offering guidance and where necessary, enforcing the law."