Brazil has been hit with a major copyright scandal as 15 directors of a local copyright collective have been indicted for fraud. The Brazilian Senate has proposed changes to the legal regulation of copyright collectives wth an emphasis on increased transparency.
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Officials from both Brazil and India has spoken out against ACTA. Brazilian officials say they do not recognize the legitimacy of the treaty, while Indian officials say they have other priorities and do not see what they would gain from ACTA.
“The proper balance among these and other public policy objectives lies not only in recognizing the creator’s rights but in giving due weight to their limited nature. In crassly economic terms it would be as inefficient to overcompensate artists and authors for the right of reproduction as it would be self-defeating to undercompensate them.”
Brazil recently unveiled its much anticipated copyright reform proposal and it provides a statutory example of applying this principle. Article 107 includes an interesting balance to legal protection for digital locks.
I attended a workshop on ACTA in Geneva yesterday that included government attendees from China, India, Pakistan, and other leading developing countries. Some key takeaways: China expressed serious concerns with ACTA as upsetting the IP balance and harming the interests of the developing world. It argued that this may provide […]