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6th April 2007

6th April 2007 - Copyright thieves are today put on notice of potential prosecution by trading standards as they finally get the power to deal with this growing problem of intellectual property crime. 

Announced in the Gowers Review and introduced with speed by the Government, the implementation of Section 107A of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act fixes a years-old anomaly whereby trading standards could not arrest traders in illicit copyright material if they did not display a rights owner’s brand or logo on the front of a fake CD, DVD, game, book or other copyright protected item.  This will also give trading standards the authority to enter firms suspected of infringing copyright.

According to the Alliance Against Intellectual Property Theft, addressing this loophole sends a clear message about the seriousness of this type of intellectual property crime, crucially reinforced by tough penalties of up to 10 years in prison and unlimited fines for copyright theft as well as trade mark infringements.  

Susie Winter, Director General of the Alliance, said:  “Intellectual property criminals are making a fortune out of selling counterfeit and pirated goods.  With growing links to international criminal gangs it is vitally important trading standards have all the powers available to them in order to combat local criminality and protect the public and local businesses.” 

For information about joining the Alliance please contact Susie Winter at susie@allianceagainstiptheft.co.uk or on 020 7534 0595