Last March 28, the House of Representatives of the Brazilian Congress created a Special Commission to discuss the Internet Bill. I have already made my brief comments about the bill here when I reported it had been sent to Congress so that I will not go into details right now.
Suffice it to say that there is a lot of room for improvement.
In any event, it seems that Congress is at least worried about the implications of such bill and the creation of the Special Commission is indicative of that. The President of the Comission is Congressman João Arruda, from the PMDB party from the state of Paraná (South of Brazil). In declarations to one of the largest Brazilian newspapers, O Estado de São Paulo, Mr. Arruda said that “The discussion touches upon censorship. It is related to privately owned companies. And it also relates to the responsible for the investigation of crimes. It is necessary to find balance.” Continue reading
Last 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”.
Now that the “internet outrage” over SOPA and PIPA has apparently subsided at least a little, I would like to make a couple of comments about it, looking from a Brazilian perspective.
However, I will start quoting the title of the article Duff McKagan, bassist of the original Guns N’ Roses band, wrote at the Seattle Weekly. He brilliantly summarized the whole situation and I happen to agree with him wholeheartedly: “Quit whining about SOPA and PIPA. Where’s the public outrage over internet piracy?” Continue reading
Privacy and publicity (in Brazil “direito de imagem”) rights disputes are already controversial but a new dispute in Brazil is including artistic expression in the mix.
The renowned Museum of Modern Art of São Paulo (MAM-SP) has prohibited the exhibition of the work named “FANI DARK” from the Brazilian artist Alexandre Vogler. Continue reading