FAST calls for court changes to support software firms

The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) has strongly warned the Intellectual Property Office to stick to its remit and not get involved with court cases over copyright.


The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) has strongly warned the Intellectual Property Office to stick to its remit and not get involved with court cases over copyright.

The IPO has suggested that it could extend its remit to produce guidance notices for courts to interpret copyright legislation in disputes.

FAST not only believes that the current system is working well but that where reform is needed is in the court system itself rather than the IPO.

"We need to improve access to the court process by establishing a small claims court for copyright cases - in much the same way as we have in existence for recouping small debts,"  said Julian Heathcote Hobbins, general counsel at FAST.

"Many software houses are either small or micro-sized businesses and simply do not have the time or money to go through lengthy court processes. This would speed up the judicial process and significantly reduce costs for pursuing a claim," he added.



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