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Infringement of intellectual property is occurring increasingly in the workplace. There are reports of illegal unlicensed software installed on company computer systems, employees running illegal music and audio-visual filesharing systems, the sale of counterfeit goods and DVDs by staff or callers, and the illegal or unlicensed copying of published material.
The Alliance is working to help businesses protect themselves from the dangers of IP infringement taking place in the work place. While businesses are responsible for the actions of their employees on their IT systems, there are a range of things businesses can do to protect themselves from the dangers of their equipment being used to infringe copyright and to ensure traders selling illegal products are not allowed into the workplace.
We have produced a simple guide for businesses which outlines the risks associated with intellectual property theft and the measures companies can take to mitigate these risks. A draft IP policy can be downloaded here.
The Intellectual Property Crime Group (IPCG) has also recently conducted research into this growing problem. The research showed that:
We are working with the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) to ensure these findings are acted upon and businesses made more aware of the responsibilities they have to ensure other people’s IP is not infringed. More information can be found on the IPO website at www.ipo.gov.uk
The Alliance is concerned with ensuring IP rights are valued in the UK and that these rights can be properly protected. Click here for further information
This section highlights some of the current activity being undertaken across the numerous bodies involved and how these issues are being addressed and raised in Parliament.Click here
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