Trading Standards Are Watching You
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The Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 (Commencement No 14) Order
2007 has given effect to changes in the enforcement of copyright.
Changes in this area of law were promised over thirteen years ago in the
Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994.
As from April 6, 2007, Trading Standards Officers have been given the powers
and duties under s107A and 198A. Trading Standards will also be able to enforce
copyright offences. They will be able to make test purchases to see if the
article is an infringing copy and to enter premises to inspect and seize
infringing articles. Trying to obstruct Trading Standards will be an offence.
Malcolm Wicks, the Trade and Industry Minister has announced that, "From 6
April there will be an additional 4,500 pairs of Trading Standard eyes watching
counterfeiters and pirates. This may mean more surprise raids and market boot
sales, more intelligence, more prosecutions and more criminals locked up.
Intellectual Property criminals should know that the UK is not a safe place.
Counterfeiters, be warned!
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2007-10-19 11:40:03 in Legal Articles