FAST applauds operation that sees three men sentenced for intellectual property fraud
21st June, 2017
Federation Against Software Theft supports efforts by industry and police to prevent software theft
The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) has voiced its support for an operation that concluded earlier this week and saw three UK men sentenced for an illegal money making operation involving a broad range of content types, including software. FAST is committed to robust enforcement measures against IP Crime especially in serious cases and warns that this successful prosecution is a sign of the commitment of law enforcement, the CPS and the industry together.
On Monday 19 June 2017, the three men were sentenced at Inner London Crown Court for providing illegal access to copyrighted content, such as computer software, films, music and games; activities which cost the creative industries more than £2.5million in lost revenue. The perpetrators were sentenced for Conspiracy to Defraud with custodial terms of between 18 and 24 months in jail (suspended) and were ordered to complete 300 hours of unpaid work between them.
The sentencing followed a four-year investigation by the City of London Police, supported by the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT), the broader industry and FAST who were able to work closely with one of its members to clarify that it did not, and does not, distribute its software and services via such methods.
Julian Heathcote Hobbins, General Counsel at FAST, commented: “These operations, even though often complex, can succeed successfully and we are willing to stand shoulder to shoulder with our colleagues in the content industry and assist law enforcement as required. Action has been and is taken on the ground to, at the very least, disrupt. Tough enforcement ramifications is a key priority for FAST including in these cases to act as a deterrence to committing intellectual property offences and fraud by criminals.
“Our members take great care in how their software and services are supplied to the end user customer to ensure that genuine copies of software are used and any possible cyber and data threats can be eliminated. It is vital that the genuine software channel can compete on a level playing field without illegal operators’ corrosive influence in the market. This in turn fosters the growth of the software development industry by instilling confidence that illegal activities will be taken seriously and investigated which is particularly important when the internet is used by software businesses to disseminate products and services to almost anyone who is online,” Heathcote Hobbins concluded.
Full details on the enforcement action can be found on the City of London Police at: http://news.cityoflondon.police.uk/r/846/three_men_sentenced_for_multi-million_pound_intel#