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Gumtree Software Pirate Raided In Swansea

The Federation Against Software Theft : 16 July, 2010  (Company News)
Working on evidence provided by FAST, the Trading Standards organisation in the Welsh city of Swansea have conducted a raid on a local man selling pirate software using online classified websites
Trading Standards in Swansea working closely with local police, have conducted a high profile raid on a local man in Swansea alleged to have been selling pirated software on Gumtree, the network of online classifieds and community websites.

The anti-piracy raid, using robust powers granted under section 107A of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, took place as a result of evidence presented to them by the Federation Against Software Theft (FAST), as well as is own investigations.

The individual was selling what appeared to be unlawful copies of software from his home address via the online and classifieds website. The anti-piracy organisation worked in conjunction with Trading Standards to help with the organisation and logistics of the raid, which took place on Thursday 15th July 2010.

David Picken Trading Standards explained: "Taking action against counterfeit goods is part of our statutory obligation and its purpose is to protect legitimate business operators from the unfair competition generated by illegal counterfeits. Legitimate business operators create local employment opportunities by creating jobs that are sustainable in the long term. Our intention is to ensure that responsible business operating legally is protected from rogue counterfeit operators"

John Lovelock, Chief Executive of FAST explained: "Technology is a double edged sword; acting as a catalyst for people to connect benefitting from e-commerce but at the same time facilitating software theft. This is a major issue that has to be addressed and consumers should think twice before they buy software where offers look too good to be true. And pirates should also recognise that we will use the full force of the law to protect intellectual property rights. As a result we intend to fully co-operate with Trading Standards so that together we can ensure a level playing field for the sale of software. We are working towards the same ends as Trading Standards, doing some groundbreaking work and exploring new boundaries granted by legislation to protect the software industry in the UK."
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