Brazil's New Culture Minister Dumps Creative Commons From Ministry's Website

from the sharing-is-not-caring? dept

At times, we've covered the various goings-on in Brazil as the country has attempted to reform its outdated copyright laws. We've seen some very interesting proposals, including plans to punish the hindering of fair use or the public domain, and a separate proposal to explicitly legalize file sharing, in exchange for a small levy. That said, the government seems to be getting pulled in a variety of different directions on this issue, and the latest appears to be pissing off a lot of people. That's, in part, due to the new Culture Minister, Ana de Hollanda, ordering that the Creative Commons license on the Ministry's website be removed. When questioned about this, her response was:
"We will discuss copyright reform when the time comes."
Except, of course, a Creative Commons license has nothing to do with copyright reform. Keeping it up there makes no difference to copyright reform. It's too bad that it looks like some Brazilian politicians appear to be moving away from more reasonable approaches than what we have now.


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    The eejit (profile), Feb 11th, 2011 @ 9:00am

    I wonder how much 'lobbying' happened?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 11th, 2011 @ 9:36am

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    Maybe quite a bit, as this new Minister seemingly has ties with ECAD (a representative of various copyright holders' associations which has the legal authority to charge for public executions of songs and such) and in more than one occasion has answered to questions concerning this CC matter with the same words as ECAD's official opinion about CC adoption.

     

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    cgt (profile), Feb 11th, 2011 @ 11:26am

    Just removing the text/image stating that the website is licensed under a CC license, doesn't actually revoke the license.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 11th, 2011 @ 11:38am

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    It shouldn't, though it can revoke the license on future site changes.

     

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    cgt (profile), Feb 11th, 2011 @ 11:49am

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    True

     

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    Gwiz (profile), Feb 11th, 2011 @ 1:26pm

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    ....legal authority to charge for public executions of songs and such)...

    They can charge for people murdering songs in public?

    They should go to my local bar on Karaoke Night, they'd make a ton.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 14th, 2011 @ 9:02am

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    Hey, I'm not a native speaker, gimme a break. :p

    What it's called when a song is played in public, either by playback or live?

     

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    Gwiz (profile), Feb 15th, 2011 @ 8:15am

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    Hey, I'm not a native speaker, gimme a break. :p

    I wasn't really getting on you about the language - it just struck me as funny put that way.

    Usually it's phrased as "public performance" I believe.

     

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