The Law for the Protection of Literature and Authors in Israel

In 2013, the Israeli Government put forth a legislative proposal with a purpose of changing the structure of the book market in Israel. Our firm took an active role throughout the process and provided our clients with comprehensive services.

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In the year 2013, the Israeli Government put forth a legislative proposal with a purpose of changing the structure of the book market in Israel. The proposed legislative changes included: arrangement for the payment of proper royalties to authors; creation of a time period during which the price to be paid by consumers for new books would be protected; arrangement of the manner in which sales are to be carried out in bookstores; and provisions regarding commercial contracts between bookstores and publishers. During the law’s enactment process, our firm represented the largest publisher in Israel, which also owns one of Israel’s largest bookstore chains. Our firm participated in deliberations of the Education Committee of the Knesset, conducted comprehensive legal research in which the constitutionality of the proposed arrangement was examined in light of other laws, led extensive research regarding book marketing arrangements in other jurisdictions, and analyzed the expected economic effects on the book market in Israel. As is the norm in cases dealing with regulatory issues, we coordinated a team of professional advisors, who accompanied the process on behalf of our client, including communications advisors, lobbyists, leading economists and lawyers. In this manner we were able to spearhead the process and provide comprehensive services, affording our client with the opportunity to make a true impact.
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