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The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) brand will continue to focus in its role as a lobbying and software IP protection body, whilst Investors in Software (IiS) will continue to promote best practice and consistent standards in software asset management (SAM).
John Lovelock, chief executive of FAST, said: "This is the culmination of the work we have been doing in recent months to position ourselves not only as a lobbyist and protector of software IP rights, but as an organisation determined to help end-users through education and best practice."
John Lovelock said: "Organisations increasingly have to demonstrate good corporate governance through compliance audits, but equally they wish to reduce software procurement and support costs and ensure all licenses are fit for purpose."
Michala Wardell, head of anti-piracy at Microsoft, said: "The consolidation of two authoritative bodies in this space is great news for the industry.
"The intrinsic link between software asset management, software licence management, compliancy, and the protection of software IP can often be unclear. The coming together of FAST and IiS creates an entity covering all of the above that can offer clear and considered guidance and assistance to the end user in a practical manner."