Consumers International IP Watchlist Report 2012

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Thirty countries from around the world are represented in Consumers International's IP Watchlist 2012, and ranked according to how fair their intellectual property laws and enforcement practices are for consumers. There are few real surprises in the rankings, as the state of play has not changed much this year on the surface.

But look a little deeper, and there were some very significant developments that are likely to have deep and ongoing repercussions on IP regimes around the world. IP is now a political issue like never before, with mass protests against over-broad anti-piracy laws such as SOPA/PIPA and ACTA reverberating through the corridors of power. Policy-makers have received the message that we won't allow big business to write the IP laws that consumers have to live by.

Thankfully some countries are taking this on board. For example, the UK’s Hargreaves Review of IP and Growth, published last year, provides one promising sign that more balanced copyright laws, with updated copyright exceptions for the benefit of consumers, educational establishments, researchers, libraries and archives, are on the way for 2013 and beyond.

This year, we welcome two new countries into the rankings - Malawi and Costa Rica - and welcome back some countries that took a break last year, including both our first and last place-getters, Israel and Jordan respectively. Although they may be neighbours, Israel's "fair use" regime provides a promising foundation for the development of an inclusive and innovative knowledge society, whereas Jordan's tough laws provide nothing but an incentive to piracy.

We hope that policy makers and activists alike will gain benefit from this year's IP Watchlist as a guide to best and worst practices in IP policy and practice. Download your free copy of the IP Watchlist report now, and browse through the more detailed country reports below.

  1. Israel
  2. Indonesia
  3. India
  4. New Zealand
  5. United States of America
  6. Lebanon
  7. Canada
  8. China (PRC)
  9. Chile
  10. France
  11. Malaysia
  12. Costa Rica
  13. Australia
  14. Spain
  15. Malawi
  1. Armenia
  2. Belarus
  3. Romania
  4. South Korea
  5. Philippines
  6. Ukraine
  7. Slovenia
  8. Japan
  9. Cameroon
  10. Egypt
  11. Brazil
  12. Thailand
  13. United Kingdom
  14. Argentina
  15. Jordan

You can download a free copy of the IP Watchlist report for 2012, and browse through the individual country reports on which the report is based. You can also review the previous editions for 2011, 2010 and 2009.

CI members can also request full-colour printed copies of the Watchlist.

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