Post Tagged with: "israel"

Israel Reacts Angrily to Inclusion on US IP Watch List

Israel has reacted angrily to its inclusion on the U.S. Special 301 Watch List. One report quotes a government official as saying the inclusion is “designed to force the country to make concessions beyond those agreed between Jerusalem and Washington” adding the “United States was violating bilateral agreements by putting […]

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May 5, 2011 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

Israel To Be Downgraded on Special 301 List?

The IP Factor reports that Israel has negotiated a reduction in its standing on the USTR's Special 301 list. 

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February 9, 2010 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

Patry on Israel and the USTR

Bill Patry features a great blog posting on Israel, the USTR, and the IIPA.

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March 23, 2008 1 comment Must Reads

Responding to the IIPA’s “Inaccuracies and Hyperbole”

Last month, the IIPA, a lobby group representing a handful entertainment industries, released its annual submission to the United States Trade Representative criticizing the copyright laws of dozens of countries around the world.  That submission will likely play an influential role in next month's USTR Special 301 Report.  As usual, Canada was on their list, leading to the usual press coverage claiming that Canada is a laggard on copyright reform.  While Canadian officials have criticized the USTR Special 301 report, to my knowledge the government has never made a formal submission defending Canadian policies.

This year, the USTR received 24 submissions, including comments from three countries – Israel, Poland, and Turkey (the USTR has posted the non-governmental submissions for the first time this year).  The Israeli submission has been posted online and provides a great model for how countries should be defending their national interests.  The submission, which characterizes the IIPA submission as containing the "usual inaccuracies and hyperbole," includes a great defense of Israeli copyright policy.  For example, on the issue of anti-circumvention legislation it notes:

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March 17, 2008 3 comments News

What Canada Can Learn From Israeli Copyright Reform

The University of Toronto's Ariel Katz has a brilliant posting on the recent Israeli copyright reform process which illustrates how copyright and innovation can be done right.

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December 9, 2007 Comments are Disabled Must Reads