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Alliance welcomes Government acknowledgement of impact of IP theft

13 October 2005

The acknowledgement from the Government of the impact of intellectual property (IP) theft on the UK economy and industry is very welcome, says the Alliance Against IP Theft. This follows the publication of the Government's response to the recommendations of the Creative Industries IPR Forum which stated that "IP is at the heart of the economic value of the creative economy and the Government is determined to do all it can to ensure that IP is properly protected".

Lavinia Carey, Chair of the Alliance and Forum member, said:

"The creation of the Creative Industries IP Forum was a major step forward in government engagement on this issue, critically bringing other relevant departments into the debate. The positive response to the Forum's recommendations demonstrate quite how far we have come in raising this important issue up the political agenda.

"Particularly welcome is the confirmation that trading standards officers will be able to retain 50% of assets recovered under the Proceeds of Crime Act. This is a much needed development given the tight resources TS operate under but the Government must guarantee this is additional funding for enforcement - not a replacement in existing budget allocations. We look forward to working with the relevant Government departments to resolve outstanding issues relating to information sharing and effective deterrents and remedies, such as damages, in the near future. "

For information about joining the Alliance please contact
Susie Winter at susie@allianceagainstiptheft.co.uk
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