In 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
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”.
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
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
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
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
The Secretary of Audiovisual Affairs of the Ministry of Culture has published a couple of weeks ago five new edicts to provide financial assistance to audiovisual productions and, as a result, promote local productions. Producers from all regions of Brazil may apply for this subsidy until February 10, 2012. Continue reading
Although the Ministry of Culture is still silent regarding the status of the bill of Copyright Law, we were provided with a copy of the new text of the bill that was allegedly sent to the Civil House. Though this may not be official, here goes a summary of the changes: Continue reading
The last news I had about the status of the bill of Copyright Law was that it was under discussion before the Interministerial Group of Intellectual Property, a natural step after the final draft of the bill was elaborated by the Ministry of Culture and before it is sent to the Civil House. Continue reading
As commented here, the Ministry of Culture was going to reveal a plan for further possible comments on the second version of the draft bill of Copyright Act. Well, as an Easter Egg, the plan was revealed last night and, basically, any interested parties will have from April 25th, 2011 until May 30th, 2011, to make their contributions for the enhancement of the bill.
The Ministry further said that the intention is to have the modified draft sent to the Civil House on July 15th.