Proposed reform of copyright law in Brazil
Brazil launched a public discussion project to amend its copyright law.
The spirit of the draft lies in harmonizing the relationship between author rights and access to information, right to education and access to culture; all of them of constitutional rank.
The main topics to be discussed are:
- Relationship between entertainment industries and negotiation power of artists,
- State role in defining public policies,
- Evaluation of limitations and exceptions to author rights such as private copying, unlimited copying of works not available for sale, inasmuch as they are not made for commercial purposes; permission to make quotations; exceptions for people with reading disabilities; explicit allowance for the playing or copying of works for their preservation and recording, providing they are made not for commercial uses as long as it is performed by libraries, archives, museums, cinema archives, or other similar institutions, including computer games and all kind of interactive or digital works; reproduction, distribution and communication of works in the private domain for educational, research and information purposes, etc.
- Canon for copies, whether digital music or photocopies.
Brazil could become the first country in the world that leads to public consultation a copyright law.