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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Brazilian Coalition Calls to Legalize File-Sharing

Brazilian Coalition Calls to Legalize File-Sharing

Brazilian Coalition Calls to Legalize File-Sharing

Added: Saturday, September 11th, 2010
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Right To Share
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
Brazil is now wrapping up a public consultation, which seems to go out with a bang: a major coalition of more than two dozen of consumer, educational, academic, musical and digital cultural organizations are pushing the government to legalize file-sharing via blanket licensing system.

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Brazil is all in the news these days thanks to a large push to legalize file-sharing. In short, the coalition wants non-commercial file-sharing to be made legal in exchange for a moderate fee for service providers’ subscriptions.

This move could put to end a long-lasting battle between copyright owners and the consumers. Actually, Brazil is not the first country coming up with such an idea. The same was recently discussed in Canada, where instituting a blanket levy on service providers was suggested during the country’s copyright consultation. But after the tabling of Canada’s copyright bill, the idea fell on deaf ears, because the government preferred to focus more on requirements made by foreign industry representatives, demanding anti-circumvention legislation overriding fair use. Still, the proposal can be read in the Internet.

A similar plan was proposed by the EFF (the Electronic Frontier Foundation) in the United States. However, as the country is home for the MPAA and RIAA, it’s difficult to get traction for the plan.

As for Brazil, both Techdirt and Slashdot noted that experiments with developing friendly relations with file-sharing in the country ended up successfully. A number of performers used file-sharing as a promotional tool for developing a new genre of music, Tecno-brega, and file-sharing was responsible for huge success with the genre thriving.

Why the situation in Brazil is quite interesting is because the usual response of the US to (as they believe) “weak” copyright legislation is to pressure the government to put trade sanctions on Brazil, or at least hold a PR campaign there saying copyright is a trade barrier. And the current trade situation between the two countries is not good at all, with the Brazil recently putting trade sanctions on American good in retaliation to unauthorized subsidies on Brazilian cotton farmers.

So if Brazil’s government is really going to make file-sharing legal in some way, it will only worsen the trade relationship between US and Brazil.



By:
SaM
September 11th, 2010

Posted by: 
SaM

Date:  Saturday, September 11th, 2010



Comments (5) (please add your comment »)

1
posted by Blocked (2010-09-12 02:02:59)
No avatarWOW! Good for Brazil!

The USA approach of hitting small people with a very big stick SUCKS BEYOND!

2
posted by Blocked (2010-09-12 08:26:25)
menahunie avatarAs for Brazil, both Techdirt and Slashdot noted that experiments with developing friendly relations with file-sharing in the country ended up successfully. A number of performers used file-sharing as a promotional tool for developing a new genre of music, Tecno-brega, and file-sharing was responsible for huge success with the genre thriving.

Notice this is with the "performers"?
No Mention of any Brazilian "RECORD COMPANIES" involved; jee I wonder why?

The claim RIAA that Brazil has "weak" copyright laws? Bull $hit... We all know where that stupidity is coming from...

3
posted by (2010-09-13 01:04:46)
katep avatarhow good is the broadband in brazil I might move there I know I would happily pay a extra charge each month for my broadband to download what I want

4
posted by (2010-09-13 01:11:45)
nos avatarTime to move to Brazil soon... lol...

5
posted by (2010-09-13 17:10:10)
Octopus3d avatarBrasil has decent broadband, but a bit costly (based on our currency exchange rates). I am currently using Virtua (there are not many options) and they are offered through NET (our cable provider). Virtua is another option. Of course it is time to move to Brasil! lol.



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