New powers for Trading Standards in copyright infringement

April 2007

All areas

At the moment, only the police have the power to enforce offences under the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988. Trading Standards will, as from 6 April 2007, also have powers to enforce copyright offences, including the power to make test purchases and to enter premises to inspect and seize goods or documents. The Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 (Commencement No 14 Order 2007 C27 will now allow Trading Standards Officers to deal with copyright infringements under the CDPA. The powers and duties are under sections 107A and 198A of the CDPA. The Government has promised additional funding for Trading Standards Officers .

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