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Newborn Pay-TV Law Under Scrutiny

11-16-11 © subjug

11-16-11 © subjug

The Federal Supreme Court of Brazil (STF) has set up a public consultancy for this semester of 2012, to discuss the law that regulates the pay TV regime locally (law 12.485) .

Coincidence or not, Minister Luiz Fux from STF, which had the initiative of convoking the public consultancy, was also designated the Reporter Judge of three ongoing actions filed by Partido Democrata (Adin 4679) , Associação Neo TV (Adin 4747) and Associação Brasileira de Radiodifusores (Adin 4756) respectively, that questions the constitutionality of the current law that regulates this matter. Continue reading

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Ban of supposedly violent and offensive games: game over!

Game Over by Jimmy McManisIn the end of February, Bill 170/06 proposed by Congressman Valdir Raupp from PMDB and which aimed at prohibiting the manufacture, importation and distribution of offensive games in Brazil, was removed from the Senate by its own proponent.

In an official declaration, the Congressman stated that, in reviewing the bill’s content, he concluded that it could end up hurting several fundamental rights, especially freedom of speech, free enterprise and free exercise of an economic activity and that it would even allow potential censorship. Continue reading

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YouTube, blogs, ECAD, streaming and public performance in Brazil. What a mess!

illustration by Jimmy McManisLast week, a debate has grown after blog Caligraffiti complained about invoices for public performance fees for embedding Youtube videos sent by ECAD, the Central Office for Collection and Distribution of Public Performance Rights in Brazil.

The debate has motivated a dedicated post at Forbes online where the charges were considered a scandal. The column, written by Forbes’ contributor Ricardo Geromel, considered that “astonishingly, according to absurd copyright laws in Brazil, the Central Bureau of Collection and Distribution is surprisingly correct in doing so”.

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Rio Content Market: Day 3

The last day of the seminar has successfully concluded last Friday. Two major topics were discussed: co-production and BRICS in the audiovisual market.

The first panel was based on two huge productions that are still in course: the films “Xingu”, produced by O2 Filmes, and “Amazônia”, a France/Brazil co-production by the companies Gédéon and Gullane. Continue reading

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Rio Content Market: Day 2

The second day of the seminar had very productive discussions about audiovisual content, passing through Brazilian animation and broadcasting TV, distribution of Brazilian current, digital media and branded content.

From the legal standpoint, one of the panels discussed the impacts of Law no. 12.485/2011 that was sanctioned on September 12, 2011 and began to govern the cable TV sector creating the Conditioned Audiovisual Communication Service. Continue reading

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Rio Content Market: Day 1

It started yesterday, February 29, 2012, another edition of the Rio Content Market, one of the largest seminars of audiovisual content of Latin America that counts with the participation of people from different fields of the entertainment industry in Brazil and abroad, most of them pertaining to the productive chain of the TV business.

The seminar is not only an opportunity to discuss relevant issues related to new technologies and formats created for audiovisual content, but it is also a way to better know the portfolio of companies and have a first contact with projects which may became a reality in the future. Continue reading

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State Court of São Paulo has ordered GOOGLE to remove links to sites which offer unauthorized real time programs from TV GLOBO

According to news reports, the largest Brazilian television broadcaster – TV GLOBO –  has obtained an injunction before the State Court of São Paulo against Google  based on copyright violation.  The injunction requires the search engine to remove from the search results links to sites which offer access to real time programs from TV Globo without authorization.

TV GLOBO claims to have first sent  warning letters to Google demanding the removal of the links and that the court action was only filed as a last resource  in view of the lack of compliance with the requests. Continue reading

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