Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Brazilian Copyright Law for public consultation - new deadline

The public consultation for the reform of the Copyright Act will be open until August the 31st. The initial period of 45 days will end on July 28 and this was extended to expand the opportunity for participation.

Since June 14th there has been more than 1200 contributions submitted. According to the Ministry of Culture, the most addressed issues are: Article 1 which deals with the purpose of the Act; Article 41 which deals with the economic rights time limit; and Article 46, regarding the limitations to copyright.

Therefore, the Ministry of Culture Mr Jesus Ferreira believes that this new deadline will allow bigger participation. "We chose consulting because we believe it will help the government improve the text. We see this tool as a continuation of a democratic process that began almost eight years and has involved all interested parties, he said.

At the end of the consultation, the text will be redrafted based on the proposals. There is no deadline for the Executive to submit the project to the Congress.

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