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Merit Hires Bob Fay To Fight Fakes


April 29, 2008
By Canadian Vending Staff

BENSALEM – Merit has announced the addition of Robert C. Fay to its senior management team as director of government relations. Fay will focus on government relations and on eliminating counterfeiting, copyright, and trademark violations of Merit’s Megatouch game systems.

BENSALEM – Merit has announced the addition of Robert C. Fay to its senior management team as director of government relations. Fay will focus on government relations and on eliminating counterfeiting, copyright, and trademark violations of Merit’s Megatouch game systems.

Fay is a former FBI agent with over 25 years of intellectual property experience. Fay also served as president of the American Amusement Machine Association (AAMA) during the 1990s. During his tenure at AAMA, he led the campaign that virtually eliminated worldwide coin-op piracy. He maintains strong relations with the embassies, trade organizations, and law enforcement officials in the United States and around the world. Fay has worked extensively in Argentina, the Baltics, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, India, Korea, Mexico, Spain, Taiwan, and throughout much of the rest of the world.

“As our U.S. and international sales have grown, with over four billion plays per year, we have increasingly attracted the attention of copiers, counterfeiters and pirates, particularly in developing countries. I look forward to working with Bob to address these issues, like he did for the whole industry when he was at AAMA,” said Dave Logan, Merit’s CEO.

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According to the Business Software Alliance, international piracy imposed a cost on purchasers and developers of over 30 billion dollars in 2005.

Commenting on his new role, Fay said, “We’re going to take an aggressive approach to attack and eliminate any Merit counterfeit problems worldwide. We will take the fight to all levels, from the operators collecting fees on pirated games, to the distributors selling illegal hardware and software, to the manufacturers and engineers who are performing the counterfeiting.”