Greater IP protection called for in FAST manifesto

The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) has called for greater protection for the software industry against intellectual property (IP) crime.

In its manifesto, FAST calls for greater law enforcement, harsher penalties for those who use unlicensed products and preservation of the right for trading standards officers to carry-out-on-the-spot checks to see what is being 'sold under the counter'.

According to the article: "FAST would also like the implementation of Article 4 of the EU Enforcement Directive, which would allow the software lobby group to act directly on behalf of its members and free up their time as it pursued the IP infringement case."