New laws that will see file sharers cut off from the internet have been welcomed.
John Lovelock, chief executive of the Federation Against Software Theft (FAST), approved the proposed changes, claiming that it was a step further than Lord Carters' Digital Britain Report that recommended that ‘technical measures' be used to slow the connection speed of persistent infringers.
Lovelock said: “This is an unexpected but very welcome development for the future of the UK's creative industries. FAST has lobbied long and hard for a sensible change to the law that maintains a level playing field for the legitimate user.
“Having the power to cut off serious infringers' access to the internet, provided the evidence is there, would take away their ability to access and distribute content they have no right to in the first place. Tough action is required to tackle hardened content thieves.”
Lovelock further claimed that some people see software piracy as a victimless crime, but it robs organisations of their legitimate revenue to invest in new products, employees of their livelihood, and the government of taxable income from sales which all UK citizens benefit from eventually.
“What is rarely mentioned in the digital content debate is that 27 per cent of the software used in UK businesses is illegal, which equates to £1.3 billion loss per annum to the software industry alone – more than the losses to the film and music industries combined,” said Lovelock.