The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST IiS) has movedto clarify its standing with FAST Ltd in an attempt to dispel any confusion inthe market.
Although the two operations are free standing therecontinues to be confusion about the relationship among both resellers andcustomers and as a result FAST IiS has issued a clarification statement.
"FAST Limited was acquired initially by the CS Group in May2007, which was in turn acquired by the IRIS Group in July 2007 and since thattime there has been confusion in the market.I would like to clarify the position," said John Lovelock, chief executive of FASTIiS.
"We are not the same, nor are we part ofthe same or related organisation," he added.
Matt Barnes, operations director at FAST Ltd, said that itdid share the same aims in terms of wanting to reduce piracy and the use ofunlicensed software but was "completely independent".
Some of the confusion has resulted in the assumption thatthe two businesses are linked and as a result aware of the messages andapproach each other is taking to market.
"They approach things differently and sometimes theassumption has been that a call by FAST Ltd warning about a potential audit issome sort of warning that FAST IiS is about to follow them in looking forunlicensed software," said one source.