FEDERATION AGAINST SOFTWARE THEFT LIMITED
\fˌɛdəɹˈe͡ɪʃən ɐɡˈɛnst sˈɒftwe͡ə θˈɛft lˈɪmɪtɪd], \fˌɛdəɹˈeɪʃən ɐɡˈɛnst sˈɒftweə θˈɛft lˈɪmɪtɪd], \f_ˌɛ_d_ə_ɹ_ˈeɪ_ʃ_ə_n ɐ_ɡ_ˈɛ_n_s_t s_ˈɒ_f_t_w_eə θ_ˈɛ_f_t l_ˈɪ_m_ɪ_t_ɪ_d]\
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(FAST) A non-profitmaking organisation, formedin 1984 by the software industry with the aim of eradicatingsoftware theft in the UK. FAST was the world's firstanti-piracy organisation to work to protect the intellectualproperty rights of software publishers. Initiallyconcentrating on lobbying parliament to revise Copyright law,FAST also prosecutes organisations and individuals forsoftware theft on behalf of its members and publicises thelegal penalties and security risks.FAST Corporate Services Limited runs the FAST Standard forSoftware Compliance (FSSC-1:2004). This was developed incollaboration with the British Standards Institution as anindependent standard of excellence in software compliance.In 1995 FAST proposed to merge with the Business SoftwareAlliance created by Microsoft and which has a world-wideinfluence. However, the talks fell through and in 1996,Novell and Adobe Systems, Inc. defected to BSA.FAST Home (http://fast.org.uk/).E-mail: .Address: York House, 18 York Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL61SF.Telephone: +44 (1628) 622 121
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