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    Israel Reacts Angrily to Inclusion on US IP Watch List

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    Thursday May 05, 2011
    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 Israel back on the watchlist." Meanwhile, Israeli IP lawyer Michael Factor says "I see this as simply an example of US protectionist bullying."
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    Israel To Be Downgraded on Special 301 List?

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    Tuesday February 09, 2010
    The IP Factor reports that Israel has negotiated a reduction in its standing on the USTR's Special 301 list. 
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    Patry on Israel and the USTR

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    Sunday March 23, 2008
    Bill Patry features a great blog posting on Israel, the USTR, and the IIPA.
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    Responding to the IIPA's "Inaccuracies and Hyperbole"

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    Tuesday March 18, 2008
    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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