The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) has launched a campaugn to highlight the costs of software piracy to the North East's economy.
The Software Stay Legal campaign is being launched on 29 March in partnership with the FAST.
Catherine McKinnell, MP for Newcastle North, said the campaign would help maintain the region as a hub and protect jobs. "The software industry is particularly important to my constituency, with Sage based at Great Park being one of the single biggest employers in Newcastle North," she said. "That's why I'm delighted to lend my support to the FAST campaign."
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Phil Keown, chair of FAST, said, "The North East is a vital region for the UK's technology industry as it plays home to a number of world-beating software companies and hundreds of jobs are dependent on protecting intellectual property. That is why we are working hard to educate Trading Standards across the region, giving them the tools and knowledge to combat this crime."
Sarah Graham, software licensing manager at Sage, added that the protection of intellectual property was at the heart of the region's growth.