Ana de Hollanda, the new Minister of Culture, has been proving to be an incredible asset to the Ministry of Culture.
The prior policy of the Ministry of Culture was to say everything was very transparent while, in reality, it was not. Actually, it was far from transparent. Proof of that is that a pre-bill of Copyright Act was actually sent to the Head of the Civil House still in 2010 as I reported in this post. However, nobody knew the contents of this bill, which had allegedly been modified. Continue reading
The Minister of Culture has removed Marcos Souza from the post of Director of Intellectual Property Rights (DDI) of the Ministry of Culture.
As Director of Intellectual Property Rights, Marcos Souza was responsible for coordinating the project of reform of the current Brazilian Copyright Act under the guidance of the past Ministers of Culture Jucá de Oliveira and Gilberto Gil. Continue reading
This is my reply to a recent article by Pedro Paranaguá at Intellectual Property Watch.
The original article from Pedro Paranaguá criticizes a recent decision from the new Ministry of Culture Ana de Hollanda to remove the Creative Commons license from the Ministry´s website and argues in favor of a proposal to reform the current Brazilian Copyright law which the Ministry has decided was not yet ready to be presented to the national congress. Continue reading
IPFI has just released IFPI DIGITAL MUSIC REPORT 2011 and Brazil ranks second place in number of active internet users visiting unlicensed services with 44%, just behind Spain with 45%.
Unfortunately this is a podium where Brazil should be ashamed to step. Continue reading
Two news reports this week have called the attention of this blogger. The first one is an interview with the journalist and writer Galeno Amorin who was confirmed last week as the new president of the Fundação Biblioteca Nacional – The National Library Foundation in Brazil, which among other responsibilities deals with the management of the National Library, the copyright registration department and issuance and execution public policies concerning books and reading.
Galeano begins his tenure armed with a lot of good intentions to solve old challenges for Brazil: enlarging the access to books and the amount of reading for the population.
His plans are bold. He intends to create the Brazilian Institute for Books and Reading which will have sole responsibility concerning the public polices for books and reading and will function independently of the National Library which will retain the other functions.
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”.
The book “MEU NOME NÃO É JONHNY” is based on the life story of João Guilherme Estrela, an upper middle class young guy, who goes from drug user to a relatively famous drug dealer and is finally arrested spending years in prison.
The New Year’s Eve party at Copacabana beach is already a mega event with music and dazzling fireworks but this year the two million crowd also had the opportunity to see for the first time the official logo of the RIO 2016 Olympic Games.
As Rodrigo reported, Ana de Hollanda will be the new Minister of Culture under the president elect’s Government, as of January 1st, 2011. Rodrigo had hopes that Ana would be wise enough to calmly review the proposal of a new Copyright Act in Brazil.
Well, I think Rodrigo had some kind of inside information that he did not even share with me…
Despite all the efforts to remain in charge by the former Ministry Juca Ferreira , the president elect Dilma Rousseff announced today that Ana Buarque de Hollanda will be the new Ministry of Culture.