Study says Israel Ranks Among Worst Software Pirates

Reported today, Israel lives up to its old adage - am echad, disk echad - one nation, one disk.

That reputation reflects poorly on both the religious communities - who violate a core commandment when they steal software - and the secular Zionists - who certainly are no light to the nations of the world when they infringe on other people's intellectual property.

Where are the militant rabbis and their vociferous protests and demonstrations against this desecration of the Torah? Where is the Knesset and its moral indignance?

Here is the beginning of the story:

Antipiracy group makes list of worst-offender nations

By John Letzing, MarketWatch
Last Update: 3:50 PM ET Feb 12, 2007

SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- A coalition of companies including technology giants Microsoft Corp. and Apple Inc. on Monday filed recommendations with the U.S. trade representative of countries deemed worst at protecting intellectual property.
The coalition, the International Intellectual Property Alliance, said in the filing that countries including China and Russia are among the worst offenders when it comes to allowing the reproduction of protected intellectual property, with a majority of the resulting losses affecting the software industry.

In all, the coalition recommends that 60 countries "lagging in their obligations to provide adequate and effective intellectual-property protection" be placed under varying degrees of monitoring. See the filing.

In addition to China and Russia, other countries considered the worst and recommended to be placed on a "Priority Watch List" include Mexico, Venezuela, Israel and Canada...

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