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the Israeli Chief Scientist by Rona Ginat
Israeli companies that hold in their possession knowledge and technology developed with the funding of the Israeli Chief Scientist often encounter difficulties manufacturing in Israel a product developed by them and often turn to foreign companies to transfer the manufacturing or the manufacturing rights to a foreign company. Sometimes, this cooperation also includes distribution and marketing services for the products.
On May 27, 2008, the Knesset passed an amendment to the Communications Law (Telecommunications and Broadcasting), 1982 (the "Amendment"), which deals with prevention of spamming and unsolicited content ("SPAM"). The Amendment will become effective as of December 1st, 2008. The main goal of the Amendment is to provide tools for minimizing the public's exposure to SPAM. However, in practice, as we shall further explore, the Amendment is broadly drafted and can de facto extend to many other possible communications and correspondences between a commercial entity and the public (whether specific or non specific).