An individual who sold pirated software from his home address via the Gumtree website has been uncovered following an investigation and raid by Trading Standards in Swansea and the Federation Against Software Theft (FAST).

A high profile raid was conducted on a local man in Swansea using robust powers granted under section 107A of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. It took place as a result of evidence presented to them by the FAST, as well as Trading Standards' own investigations.

David Picken. divisional officer at Trading Standards, said: “Taking action against counterfeit goods is part of our statutory obligation and its purpose is to protect legitimate business operators from the unfair competition generated by illegal counterfeits.

“Legitimate business operators create local employment opportunities by creating jobs that are sustainable in the long term. Our intention is to ensure that responsible business operating legally is protected from rogue counterfeit operators.”

John Lovelock, chief executive of FAST, said: “Technology is a double-edged sword; acting as a catalyst for people to connect benefiting from e-commerce but at the same time facilitating software theft. This is a major issue that has to be addressed and consumers should think twice before they buy software where offers look too good to be true.

“Pirates should also recognise that we will use the full force of the law to protect intellectual property rights. As a result we intend to fully co-operate with Trading Standards so that together we can ensure a level playing field for the sale of software. We are working towards the same ends as Trading Standards, doing some groundbreaking work and exploring new boundaries granted by legislation to protect the software industry in the UK.”