Trading Standards raid Swansea business suspected of using pirated software


Trading Standards raid Swansea business suspected of using pirated software

Warwick Ashford

Trading Standards officers in Swansea have conducted the first anti-software piracy raid in the city under the Copyright Act after a tip-off from the Federation Against Software Theft (FAST).

Section 107A of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act gives Trading Standards the right to conduct raids to tackle software copyright offences.

FAST received information from a whistleblower that a Swansea business was downloading illegal software for business use with the full knowledge of the directors.

Trading Standards raided the premises to collect evidence.

John Lovelock, chief executive of FAST, said the evidence was strong enough to secure the inspection without notice.

"It is our intention to send a very loud and very clear message to businesses that we will not tolerate intellectual property infringements, and if we get evidence of this, we will come after you," he said.

Lovelock said a prosperous software industry and creative IP sector as a whole led to increased employment and success. "IP violators knowingly flouting the law must be found and brought to book," he added.

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