Anti-Piracy & Enforcement | FAST

Anti-Piracy & Enforcement

The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) works on behalf of its members to reduce the level of software piracy. We have a well established reputation over 30 years, and expertise through our network of contacts in protecting commercial software Intellectual Property (IP) brands.

Programme objective:

Our Anti-Piracy & Enforcement Programme offers software publishers access to, not only FAST membership and use of the brand, but specific access to our IP protection services. It consists of these four key elements:

  1. Licence reconciliation and software review
  2. Damages programme
  3. Bespoke Digital Enforcement and ‘take down’ service (incremental costs incurred)
  4. Affiliation with government agencies and law enforcement


Key deliverables:

Members may use all or any of the FAST services below as an outsourced option to complement or enhance their in house capabilities:

  1. Licence reconciliation and software review

    • Free access to anonymously report software piracy via our website, where reports are personally followed up by our in house legal team. Any member that would prefer to receive these leads directly to pursue their own action can do so. Likewise, we can offer the member the initial right to veto any action.

    • For any members who have preferred partners to conduct on site audits, FAST will liaise directly with them on the member's behalf. FAST can facilitate formal software reviews (at the customer's expense) which will be carried out by recognised FAST-accredited SAM partners. Members will receive a regular update of activities and piracy cases.

  2. Damages programme

    • Once suspected piracy leads are acted upon and the licence reconciliation process is complete FAST will aim to then agree the final terms with the customer on appropriate settlements.

    • A settlement can be based on an overall initial guidance taken from members at the outset and on an understanding of how they would like enforcement cases dealt with. The damages programme is self-funding and a benefit of membership. Fees would be maintained by FAST to cover the administrative costs of managing the programme.

      Damages for historic illegal use in addition to the licence reconciliation fees are calculated on a formulaic basis based on the level of infringement.
  3. Digital Enforcement Service

    In addition to the piracy and enforcement services, FAST works with members to produce a customised Digital Enforcement Programme (DEP). Due to its highly bespoke nature this is an incremental cost to the member which would be mutually agreed based on requirements.

    The service includes:

    • Building a bespoke list of software titles that members wish to track.

    • Scanning and takedown service will search the internet to identify infringing/counterfeit software.

    • Advising members of the number and type of illegal online sales reports received and agreeing to obtain test purchases where appropriate.

    • Confirmation that the ‘available product’ actually exists to eliminate possible false positives.

    • Issue takedown and compliance requests on behalf of the member and follow these up with a second request where action is not taken by the websites within 72 hours.

  4. Affiliation with government agencies

    Our Legal Affairs Team support government enforcement agencies such as Trading Standards, The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) including membership of the IP Crime Group, Intellectual Property Awareness Network (IPAN), Department for Business Innovation & Skills and numerous law enforcement and influential bodies.

    FAST specifically train and support Trading Standards to assist them in investigating and prosecuting copyright abuses through campaigns such as ‘Software Stay Legal’. Participating members can leverage law enforcement community on IP issues relating to their brands.

    FAST represents its members by providing guidance and expertise to assist these influential bodies. For example, we are providing expertise and guidance to Trading Standards to enable them to use the powers granted under the implementation of Section 107A of the Copyright Design and Patents Act 1988 to investigate software abuses.

    FAST facilitates meetings and takes up agreed actions on behalf of members. At FAST, we put our members first, ensuring their experiences can be fed into joint actions including PR, lobbying and policy work.


Have you unwillingly witnessed or experienced software piracy at work? Learn more about anti-piracy software and see if you can claim with our Anti-Piracy & Enforcement Brochure