The Farnesina celebrates Italy’s removal from the US “watch list” of countries under observation for problems regarding intellectual property. This important outcome, after 25 years of having been listed, is the fruit of intense and coordinated activity by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs through its embassy in Washington, and other national administrations and authorities. Especially decisive in the achievement of this goal was the adoption by AGCOM of a regulation on the protection of copyright on electronic communications networks aimed at combating digital piracy, and the enforcement activities conducted by qualified authorities.
Removalfrom 'watch list' important also commercially
Removal from the “watch list” and the consequent recognition of the reliability of Italy’s system for the protection of intellectual property will have an extremely positive impact not only in terms of image but also economically, lightening the bureaucratic burden on exports that many Italian business persons complain of, and contributing to increased trade with the United States. Moreover, the presence of an effective system of intellectual property protections can also potentially attract more foreign investments toward Italy.