Haim Ravia

  Tel Aviv, Israel
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Haim chairs the Internet, IT & Copyright Group at Pearl Cohen's Herzliya office. As such, he deals extensively with computer & Internet laws, IT contracts, copyright, electronic signature, data protection and open source software.

Nominated by Who'sWhoLegal to be one of the leading lawyers in Internet, e-Commerce & Data Protection since 2010, Haim was the Chair of the Presidium of the IBA Computing Committee. He represented the Israel Bar Association in the Israeli Parliament's sessions on electronic signature legislation and took part in numerous other legislation processes regarding, amongst others, the Copyright Law, amendments to the Privacy Law and the so-called Anti-Spam law. He was a member of the Public Committee for the Protection of Privacy, acting under the auspices of the Ministry of Justice by virtue of the Protection of Privacy Law, and was part of a governmental team that re-examined the Israeli laws pertaining to databases.

In 2013 Haim received an acknowledgment award from the Israel Chamber of Information System Analysts for pioneering and innovation in the Israeli Internet.

Haim was a visiting lecturer at the Haifa University Law Faculty and a member of an Israel Securities Authority's committee that formulated a code of ethics for financial websites. He is an Israeli notary and an accreditted mediator. He also serves as an arbitrator with the Israel Bar Association Institute for Arbitrations.

Some of the issues Haim deals with include -

  • Advising insurance and financial companies, telecommunications carriers and health organizations on privacy and data protection issues, including representing clients before the Israeli Law, Information and Technology Authority  (IALTA).
  • Advising leading hi-tech companies on the implementation and use of open source software, including preparation of open source compliance policies.
  • Representing copyright owners and agents in licensing transactions and legal proceedings, including the public performance society, Acum (equivalent to the US’s ASCAP/BMI and HFA).
  • Lead counsel in legal proceedings involving cutting edge technologies, including wiretapping to email messages, the first spam lawsuit brought before an Israeli court, and an unprecedented suit dealing with dynamic linking under the GPL (a prominent open source license).