Wednesday, 21 July 2010

The Brazilian Council of Cultural Entities gives its opinion

As announced recently on this blog, Brazil unveiled its Copyright reform proposal. This proposal for the revision of the Copyright Law is running a public consultation and on July 19th the Minister of Culture received the first formal document from the Conselho Brasileiro de Entidades Culturais (CBEC).

The CBEC claims to be ‘an entity that brings together artists from music, theater, dance, circus, visual arts, film and hip hop.’ For one week, its members have discussed and worked on the draft proposals.

The content of this document
The CBEC starts by thanking the Goverment’s initiative to make the issue of copyright in a public consultation and so hearing what artists have to say and claim. It continues explaining that there are laws that regulate the interests of workers and enterprises and there are others that protect consumer rights. Therefore, the CBEC wants to help to improve a law with respect to its rights as creators. A law, according to the entity, that can recognise and appreciate the contribution that artists bring and so, enabling their works to reach the public and preventing entities and corporations to exploit, in an unreasonable manner, their work.

The document contains 7 pages. By the first page one can notice the artists’ frustration against the companies and enterprises rather than the illegal use, by consumers, of pirated music/videos and so on. The documents is divided into four points and it is written in Portuguese (believe me I have tried my best but I guess that my days (or dates!) in high school were more important than another foreign language lesson).

The points are: assignment of rights, licensing and use of venue by holders of copyright and related rights; non-voluntary licenses and the role of the Government; the office for collection – gathering contributions- and associations of management; and final observations.

The full text can be found here.

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