FAST leans on Copyright law to raid East London premises

The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) has used the powers set down in the Copyright and Patents Act for the first time to support an anti-piracy raid.

The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) has used the powers set down in the Copyright and Patents Act for the first time to support an anti-piracy raid.

Under Section 107A in the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, which came into force in April last year Trading Standards are able to enter premises they suspect of holding counterfeit product.

FAST launched a raid at an address in Becton, East London following up a tip off from a member that noticed that somebody local was selling counterfeit.

"The evidence brought to Trading Standards by FAST legal has proved invaluable in securing police cooperation for the raid. Critically this is the first time for my branch in UK history that we have been able to use these new powers granted in April 2007," said a spokesman for FAST.

Trading standards cautioned the individual after discovering the evidence at his home and was told to cease sales of counterfeit products.

News of the raid builds on a relationship FAST has been developing with Trading Standards with the groups working together in Cardiff to counter counterfeit there.

It also follows on from the announcement earlier today from the Business Software Alliance that it has started legal proceedings against a counterfeit trader in Wolverhampton.

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