The Creative Commons initiative now lives under the bridge in Brazil and must be desperate to find another home. The new Minister of Culture, Mrs. Ana Buarque de Hollanda, who had already made comments that were not in line with the Ministry’s old anti-copyright position, decided to eliminate any reference to Creative Commons in the Ministry of Culture’s website. She excluded the nice little logo from the initiative (who has never enjoyed any sizeable penetration in Brazil, by the way), substituting it by the legally correct inscription ”License of Use: The content of this site, created by the Ministry of Culture, can be reproduced so long as the source is cited.”
The Minister’s explanation: she will not officially sponsor any specific initiative and our law already allowed what Creative Commons said it “created”.
Points for her in my book.
I will not go on here and distill my diatribe against the Creative Commons initiative. The Minister is absolutely right in not favoring one movement over another, in not making the Ministry of Culture a pamphlet for one position in detriment to another position. She did what should have been done years ago. Actually, including any sort of official mention to Creative Commons or any other private initative in a governmental website is wrong in its origin. In addition, as the Minister correctly put: why do we need to mention Creative Commons when the Brazilian Copyright Act has always allowed what the Creative Commons initiative stands for?
Needless to say, the Creative Commons defenders and the members of the anti-copyright “League” have already written articles whinnying about this decision and the Minister’s public views against radical changes in the Copyright Act. This means the Minister is hitting the right chords. My only fear is that she is doing too much in a short period of time and this could end up in her substitution. I firmly believe that the content creators and owners must try to support her in any way possible. She is bringing the discussion about the possible new Copyright Act to a more stable and thoughtful debate, without hurrying anything. If she goes out the window, her substitute will certainly be someone who thinks copyright only favors “imperialistic countries which explore underdeveloped countries like poor Brazil”…
Copyright creators and owners: please take a look at the pharmaceutical patent situation in Brazil and heed my warning!