FLAG Federation Against Software Theft Legal Advisory Group

PICTFOR and Eric Joyce MP were pleased to support FAST at a meeting with Mike Weatherly MP, James Firth from Open Digital and the FAST legal community on Tuesday 14th September in Portcullis House. 



 

The principle of ‘Exhaustion’ in IP – a pincer movement?

A view from the software industry: Chris Oldknow, IP Enforcement Policy Counsel for Microsoft Legal & Corporate Affairs, EMEA, will discuss the signature of an MOU aimed at reducing sales of counterfeit goods online to establish a code of practice with enhanced collaboration between stakeholders including; consumers, rights owners and internet platforms
An alternative perspectiveJames Firth, CEO of Open Digital Policy Organisation looks into the conflict between innovation and the rights of end-providers to protect their “whole” works. The discrepancy between patent protection (20 years) and copyright protection (life + 70 years) for software will be reviewed as well.
FAST  invite you to hear more from them in Cardiff on the 4th October 10am-3.30am. This is a joint initiative with Heads of Trading Standards to provide education and support to those tackling the illegal purchase and use of software (see their website for more information).
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