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Interesting news on tax aspects of the download of audiovisual works in Brazil

Last year, the  the 8th Fiscal Region Office of the Federal Revenue Service of São Paulo was inquired about the nature of the taxes – if any – that would be levied upon the download of movies. The entity which made the consultation has not been disclosed by the Federal Revenue Service but it seems fairly clear it must have been a big name on the download/streaming of movies via the internet or someone connected to this big name. Continue reading

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Ministry of Culture finally reveals the revised text of the pre-bill of Copyright Act

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

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A reply to Inside Views: Brazil’s Copyright Reform: Schizophrenia?

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

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A Country in Search of Readers

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.

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Creative Commons evicted from the Ministry of Culture’s website

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”.

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A Case of Olympic Plagiarism?

Following the announcement of the RIO 2016 logo which we commented here a controversy has stormed the internet and the media in Brazil as many have pointed to the similarities between the RIO 2016 logo and the logo of the Telluride Foundation with a suspicion of plagiarism:

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RIO 2016 OLYMPIC LOGO UNVEILED DURING NEW YEAR´S EVE CELEBRATION PARTY IN COPACABANA

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.

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