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As we run up to the general election in May I am delighted to launch FAST ten point Software Manifesto that focuses on three key areas: enforcement, deterrence and accountability. Over the next two weeks we will publish one point per day and welcome feedback and discussion

Mike Weatherly MP, Intellectual Property advisor to David Cameron, has written a report saying that search engines like Google must use their resources to help safeguard the UK's creative industries, putting forward a raft of measures that could go a long way putting a stop to piracy.

As the appeal of apparent initial savings continues to drive the $2bn-a-year global counterfeit software industry, the impact on enterprises is set to quadruple this year.

The latest Trading Standards Workforce Survey has found that by 2016 most Trading Standards services in England and Wales will have had their budgets cut by an average of 40 per cent compared with their 2010 levels.

It is somewhat ironic that as I have already reported that while Trading Standards is under increasing financial pressure, Hounslow Trading Standards officers (assisted by the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU)) executed a warrant at an address in West London.