Brazil Drafts An 'Anti-ACTA': A Civil Rights-Based Framework For The Internet

from the who's-leader-of-the-*free*-world-now? dept

One of the striking features of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement is that it is mainly being signed by Western/“developed” countries – with a few token players from other parts of the world to provide a fig-leaf of nominal inclusiveness. That's no accident: ACTA is the last-gasp attempt of the US and the EU to preserve their intellectual monopolies – copyright and patents, particularly drug patents – in a world where both are increasingly questioned.

Much of the challenge to the old order is coming from the BRICS group of emerging countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – none of which has been involved in ACTA. Of those, the one in the vanguard of adopting innovative approaches to making knowledge widely accessible in the Internet age is Brazil.

For example, the federal government has actively supported open source software by creating a Public Software Portal. The country has also been at the forefront of open content use: just this week, the city of São Paulo specified that all educational materials produced for it must be released under the Creative Commons CC BY-NC-SA license.

It's true that there have also been some mixed signals recently, notably the re-surfacing of the punitive “cybercrime bill”, which Techdirt reported on a couple of months ago. But here's some positive news coming out of the country, in the shape of a draft of a bill for a civil rights-based framework for the Internet:

The draft bill proposition for a Civil Right’s Based Framework for Internet in Brazil has just reached Congress. The English translation of this version is available here.

It is the result of an initiative from the Brazilian Ministry of Justice, in partnership with the Center for Technology and Society of the Getulio Vargas Foundation (CTS/FGV), to develop a collaborative online/offline consultation process in which all the actors from Brazilian society could identify together the rights and responsibilities that should guide the use of the Internet in Brazil. The process, which resulted in a Bill of Law, is an example of the importance and the great potential of multistakeholder involvement on policy-making.

NGOs, universities, internet service providers (collectively though associations, as well as individually), business companies, law firms, law enforcement agencies, individuals, Brazilian Embassies from all over the world, and many other participants have joined the online public hearing. The participation of several stakeholder groups has promoted the diversity of opinions and the availability of high quality information and expert advise, which have helped the government to draft a balanced bill. The openness and transparency of the process, entirely conducted online, in the public eye, has improved the legitimacy of the bill. Marco Civil was introduced in Congress with the political weight and the legitimacy that the Bill would be expected to have after a complex multistakeholder discussion.

Among its fundamental principles:

I – safeguarding freedom of speech, communication, and manifestation of thought, in the terms of the Constitution;

II – the protection of privacy;

III – the protection of personal data, in accordance to the law;

IV – the preservation and safeguarding of net neutrality, in compliance with further regulation;

And this is *real* net neutrality, not the compromised US kind:

Article 9. The party responsible for the transmission, switching or routing of data has the obligation of granting equal treatment to every data package, with no distinction by content, origin and destination, service, terminal or application; any traffic discrimination or degradation that does not arise out of the technical requirements necessary to the adequate provision of services is prohibited, in accordance to further regulation.

It also comes out strongly in favor of guaranteeing access to the Internet, respect for personal privacy online, and against any kind of “three strikes” laws cutting off users for alleged copyright infringement:

Article 7. Access to the Internet is essential for the exercise of citizenship, and the following rights are secured to its users:

I – the non-violation and secrecy of communications on the Internet, except under judicial order, in the hypotheses and form established by law, for criminal investigations or the gathering of evidence for criminal procedures;

II – the non suspension of Internet connections, except for debts directly related to their use;

It has plenty to say on the vexed issue of keeping users' access logs, including:

Article 10. The storage and disclosure of the connection logs and Internet application access logs regulated by this law must preserve intimacy, private life, the reputation and image of the parties directly or indirectly involved.

§1 The Internet service provider responsible for the storage of logs will only be constrained to disclose the information that allows the identification of the user under a judicial order

Nor is ISP liability overlooked:

Article 14. Internet connection providers shall not be responsible for damage arising from content generated by third parties.

Article 15. Except otherwise established by law, Internet application providers can only be responsible for the damages caused by content generated by third parties if, after receiving a specific judicial order, they do not take action to, in the context of their services and under the established time frame, make unavailable the infringing content.

And the crucial issue of judicial requests for logs is also spelled out in detail:

Article 17. Interested parties may, for the purpose of gathering evidence in civil and criminal proceedings, of either accidental or autonomous nature, request a judge to order the party responsible for storing Internet service access logs, or connection logs, to disclose these logs.

Sole Paragraph. Without prejudice of other legal requirements, the application shall contain, under penalty of not being admissible:

I – solid evidence of the occurrence of an illegal act;

II – a motivated justification for the utility of accessing the requested logs, for the purposes of investigation or the gathering of evidence;

III - the period that the logs refer to.

Article 18. It is the obligation of judges to take the measures necessary to guarantee the secrecy of the information received, and the preservation of the intimacy, private life, honor and image of Internet users. Judges are capable, for that purpose, to constitute the information as secret, including with respect to requests for the storage of logs.

All-in-all, it's a remarkable document, forming in effect an "anti-ACTA" that guarantees many of the protections for Internet users that ACTA seeks to eradicate, and forbids repressive measures that ACTA aims to introduce.

However, two big questions hang over the draft. First, whether it will be passed by the Brazilian Congress in its present form (or at all), and, second, how it can be squared with the harsh penalties proposed in the “cybercrime” bill mentioned above if that too comes into force. But whatever happens, Brazil has already shown leadership by drafting a bill that dares to question and oppose the copyright maximalist orthodoxies underlying ACTA – something signally lacking in other countries.

Follow me @glynmoody on Twitter or identi.ca, and on Google+



Reader Comments (rss)

(Flattened / Threaded)

  1. This comment has been flagged by the community. Click here to show it
     
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Oct 4th, 2011 @ 1:16pm

    Welcome to Brazil, aka Freetardia.

    Socialism is the answer, at least for pirates.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  2.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Oct 4th, 2011 @ 1:22pm

    Go, Go, Go Piracy! Yeah!

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  3.  
    icon
    :Lobo Santo (profile), Oct 4th, 2011 @ 1:26pm

    Sad Daze

    Sad indeed when Brazil and China are greater bastions of human rights than the United States of America.

    :'(

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  4.  
    icon
    BentFranklin (profile), Oct 4th, 2011 @ 1:28pm

    Since my first days on Usenet in the 1980s, I have long felt the need for an "Information Bill of Rights" but I never had the skill to draft one myself. Congratulations to Brazil for fulfilling one of my lifelong dreams for democracy!

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  5.  
    icon
    Greevar (profile), Oct 4th, 2011 @ 1:28pm

    Re:

    You wouldn't know that socialism was if it bit you in the ass. You're not even trying anymore. Go back to watching your Glenn Beck reality distortion show, I hear he might not be around for another season.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  6.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Oct 4th, 2011 @ 1:30pm

    Re:

    says the person benefiting from socialism for his corporate masters.

    The Pirate Bay is more capitalism then the ones who write your checks ever were.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  7.  
    icon
    Annoyed (profile), Oct 4th, 2011 @ 1:30pm

    Re:

    AC, I'm jealous. I'd really love to get paid to run counter-spin. Where can I sign up?

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  8.  
    icon
    Rikuo (profile), Oct 4th, 2011 @ 1:32pm

    Re:

    You're a few decades too late to be calling someone evil simply because of 'socialism' (which by the way this bill is NOT). Go back to the 1950's and 1960's, they were the era where you were American only if you brazenly called your neighbour a traitor by supporting socialism.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  9.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Oct 4th, 2011 @ 1:35pm

    Re:

    it only took 15 years after the first Declaration of independence for the Bill to be written. A new record!

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  10.  
    identicon
    bwp, Oct 4th, 2011 @ 1:58pm

    Ah Brazil...

    I love my adopted home.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  11.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Oct 4th, 2011 @ 2:00pm

    Re: Re:

    Oh? Brazil has spent the last number of years trying to turn itself into a socialist paradise. Past President Lula was pretty much a "man of the people" and spent his two terms forcing an incredible hardline socialist agenda, which is actually appropriate for a country that has a huge gap between rich and poor. His replacement has been called "Lula Lite" as she pretty much follows the same hard socialist leanings.

    So, umm, exactly what part of socialism did I miss, huh?

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  12.  
    icon
    jupiterkansas (profile), Oct 4th, 2011 @ 2:12pm

    Write "ACTA" across the top and send it to Obama to sign.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  13.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Oct 4th, 2011 @ 2:14pm

    Re: Sad Daze

    Sad indeed when people can't grasp what human rights really are. Keep trying, you will get it one day!

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  14.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Oct 4th, 2011 @ 2:16pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    considering ACTA is signed by the socialist president Obama for support of your masters, I wouldn't be quick with the name calling.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  15.  
    icon
    Liz (profile), Oct 4th, 2011 @ 2:19pm

    ACTA is the last-gasp attempt of the US and the EU to preserve their intellectual monopolies...


    One thing that the United States needs to do is produce more intellectuals.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  16.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Oct 4th, 2011 @ 2:23pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    You should REALLY stop eating whatever it is FOX is feeding you. Brazil has come a long way. Sure, it ain't paradise, but it isn't Somalia either.

    The truth is, Brazil has one of the world's strongest economies, and it is growing. While everyone (just the US really) is playing games with virtual goods, they are actually boosting their economy.

    See:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brazil

    Also, see this:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luiz_In%C3%A1cio_Lula_da_Silva

    And TRY to learn something. Also, provide some facts to support your wild allegations.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  17.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Oct 4th, 2011 @ 2:25pm

    Re: Re: Sad Daze

    Yes, you are sad.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  18.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Oct 4th, 2011 @ 2:35pm

    Re:

    Gary you need to get over your fears.
    Go with the good doctor there LoL
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILmjvmsExNQ

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  19.  
    icon
    Greevar (profile), Oct 4th, 2011 @ 2:42pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    You missed it completely. You throw out the word "socialism" and "socialist", but you never really define what you think it means. I could say you're a purple monkey lover and it would be about as factual as what you just said.

    From Wikipedia:

    "Socialism is an economic system in which the means of production are either state owned or commonly owned and controlled cooperatively; or a political philosophy advocating such a system. As a form of social organization, socialism is based on co-operative social relations and self-management; relatively equal power-relations and the reduction or elimination of hierarchy in the management of economic and political affairs."

    In other words, the means of production belong to the people equally without an economic hierarchy of elites and commoners. What do you think it means?

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  20.  
    identicon
    out_of_the_blue, Oct 4th, 2011 @ 2:45pm

    Brazil is in league with the same people who covered up the Cheney assassinations to PUSH their liberal socialist agenda. This is all really just ANOTHER attempt by freetards to DESTROY the global infrastructure of job creators. Prepare yourself for the coming anti-apocalypse.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  21.  
    icon
    Greevar (profile), Oct 4th, 2011 @ 2:46pm

    Re: Re:

    Wow, that's so stupid I don't know where to start! Real socialism would not abide by the existence of corporations as the means to production belong to the people, not private interests. The last thing the "corporate masters" want is socialism because they would be our the door. But you knew that already because you're so smart. So then you must be intentionally dishonest. Why don't you go read some academic literature on socioeconomic systems rather than just regurgitating whatever Glenn Beck tells you is the truth?

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  22.  
    icon
    Greevar (profile), Oct 4th, 2011 @ 2:49pm

    Re:

    Not with the for-profit diploma mill of a college system we have we won't. Too many people paying too much money for a sub-standard education.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  23.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Oct 4th, 2011 @ 2:58pm

    I like the whole educational materals being CC-BY-SA. Making knowledge and learning tools free as in speech is a huge step in the right direction.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  24.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Oct 4th, 2011 @ 3:43pm

    Re: Sad Daze

    China is a bastion of human rights when they filter all dissenting material from their networks? China's internet connections are the epitamy of what an un-neutral network is.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  25.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Oct 4th, 2011 @ 9:39pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    well, i guess you missed the stalin part.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  26.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Oct 4th, 2011 @ 9:45pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_GDP_%28nominal%29

    You do understand that Brazil ranks in 7th place Among the richests countries in the world right?

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  27.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Oct 4th, 2011 @ 9:49pm

    Re: Re: Sad Daze

    But...but...but, you can find all the Disney movies for free there.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  28.  
    identicon
    lucasssa, Oct 4th, 2011 @ 9:50pm

    lol @ people bashing the word socialism as if it was an impending doom... sadly a humanitarian form of government is very, very far away from humankind... I dare to say it's science fiction at this point...

    but if anyone feel like dreaming this could be an interesting read:

    http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/etext97/slman10h.htm

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  29.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Oct 4th, 2011 @ 9:51pm

    Re:

    Stop drinking you are destroying the remaining brain cells you have left.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  30.  
    icon
    Karl (profile), Oct 4th, 2011 @ 9:51pm

    Re:

    Socialism is the answer, at least for pirates.

    Considering the fact that copyright is, by definition, legal restrictions on an open market, I find it incredibly ironic that you think those who don't like it are "socialists."

    Perhaps that's because you're a fascist?
    An inherent aspect of fascist economies was economic dirigisme, meaning an economy where the government exerts strong directive influence, and effectively controls production and allocation of resources. In general, apart from the nationalizations of some industries, fascist economies were based on private property and private initiative, but these were contingent upon service to the state.
    - Economics of Fascism (Wikipedia)

    The granting of private property, contingent upon service to the state? Sounds like copyright to me.

    ...No, of course I don't actually believe this. But it makes more sense than thinking those who oppose expansive copyright laws are "socialists."

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  31.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Oct 4th, 2011 @ 10:23pm

    Re:

    Dude, once you learn how to make money from/with free software and free data (scientifc articles, stock/forex tick and so on), you would never say this classic non-sense. By the way, the global infrastructure HAS to be destroyed first, then a new world order will rise. That had happend before (the end inquisition, the change from the gold standard into fiat), and every change had a trigger (renaissance and 1930 crises). Today's freetards are the new vector of change. And folks like you, well, they will be history.

    Now, for instance, look at Apple. Do you think it would have come back from the dead without BSD license? And about the people at Google, they are all freetards, right? I wonder if you really know the difference between GPLv3 and BSD licenses. Maybe then you can understand why Apple picked BSD instead of Linux.

    What really makes me sad is that comments like this makes me think that Americans miss the cold war. Seriously, this is 2011 and this socialist rhetoric still around. The only thing this type of language actually tells me is that the CIA propaganda during the cold war was superb, that you are older then me and that you have to be American. Really. USSR imploded freaking 20 years ago and I only hear this type of inflated rhetoric in US. Any time I hear socialism in Europe/from European, they are talking about something in the past or the US obsession with socialism.

    And about Brazil, well we love free stuff. There is a saying in brazil that goes... "De graça, até injeção na testa!"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuLDLL7Nyeo

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  32.  
    icon
    PaulT (profile), Oct 4th, 2011 @ 10:51pm

    Re:

    Oh, I get it now... You guys just have a word of the day calendar and a daily competition to see who can write the stupidest post containing said word!

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  33.  
    icon
    The eejit (profile), Oct 4th, 2011 @ 11:22pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    It's filling a market niche, and making some profits. I argue that the AC is, technically, correct. TPB fills an unfilled niche, and profits. That's capitalism at work.

    Socialism, when it works, is a brilliant form of governance. However, people are idiots and they all must die, because they like rolling and shovelling that shit that keeps being made.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  34.  
    icon
    The eejit (profile), Oct 4th, 2011 @ 11:23pm

    Re:

    Oh look, someone who never left McCarthyism behind.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  35.  
    icon
    Chargone (profile), Oct 5th, 2011 @ 1:31am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    you.

    go find a very tall cliff

    jump off it.


    the shear ignorance and/or stupidity required to claim that ANY US politician that actually manages to attain a position of influence is 'socialist' is ridiculous.

    they can only attain those positions by being actively pro-corporation, which is quite incompatible with socialism.

    (unless you're talking National Socialism, which is actually Facism taken to a stupid extream and with other bits tacked onto it. which is a different thing.)

    seriously. anyone attempting to claim that anyone capable of actually getting into power in the US is left wing doesn't have a damn clue what they're talking about.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  36.  
    icon
    Chargone (profile), Oct 5th, 2011 @ 1:34am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    i'm not sure if this should be funny, insightful, horrifying, invoke mass stabbing, or all of the above

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  37.  
    icon
    Chargone (profile), Oct 5th, 2011 @ 1:38am

    Re: Re: Sad Daze

    i think you missed the part where this was a comment on how bad the USA is, not how good China is.

    that said, much as it is sad, it's partially to be expected:

    all empires rise and fall (though some manage to claw their way back up, after a fashion) and nations go through cycles of liberty and oppression. the cycles are usually measured in centuries, mind, though not always.

    just shows Brazil on a major upswing and the USA on it's way down.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  38.  
    icon
    Chargone (profile), Oct 5th, 2011 @ 1:41am

    humm. i begin to suspect techdirt may be worrying someone ... we seem to be getting more ignorant trolls....

    i mean, come on troll-folk, at least be witty! that way you have some redeeming value. and that way people will actually read what you say rather than ignoring it!

    ok, to be fair, they'll probably read, laugh, Then ignore, but stilL!

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  39.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Oct 5th, 2011 @ 4:08am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    you keep saying that, don't let facts get in the way that the democrats are pushing things like acta and surveillance far more then republicans are. And I find it telling that you need to suggest suicide for people you don't agree with.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  40.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Oct 5th, 2011 @ 4:11am

    Re: Re: Re:

    I suggest you read up on true capitalism, and not the propaganda you have from DNC's pamphlets. The U.S hasn't practiced true capitalism in over 50 years now.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  41.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Oct 5th, 2011 @ 4:11am

    Re: Re: Re:

    I suggest you read up on true capitalism, and not the propaganda you have from DNC's pamphlets. The U.S hasn't practiced true capitalism in over 50 years now.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  42.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Oct 5th, 2011 @ 4:14am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    typical brainwashed political shill. The biggest problem with America these days are people like you.

    But don't come crying to us when Obama's dick up your ass starts to get uncomfortable for you.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  43.  
    identicon
    Prisoner 201, Oct 5th, 2011 @ 5:42am

    Re:

    This!

    The better educated a nations population is, the better it will be able to compete on the global market.

    Its like investing in seeds - sure it costs money initially, and they keep costing money as they grow, but if you dont buy any seeds, come winter, you will be hungry.

    Then again, education takes time. And when the important thing is reelection or quarterly bonuses, that's not really an option.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  44.  
    icon
    Alex Macfie (profile), Oct 5th, 2011 @ 5:45am

    Obama a socialist?

    Obama is no socialist. If you want to see real socialism, look at the main left-wing parties in most of Europe. Obama, like most so-called "left-wing" Democrats in the US, would be a centrist conservative in the EU, and would feel right at home in, say, the centre-right CDU party of Germany.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  45.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Oct 5th, 2011 @ 5:45am

    Re: Re:

    "Its like investing in seeds - sure it costs money initially, and they keep costing money as they grow, but if you dont buy any seeds, come winter, you will be hungry."

    That isn't always true, we keep seeds. Rarely do we need to buy any

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  46.  
    identicon
    Prisoner 201, Oct 5th, 2011 @ 6:33am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Not Monsanto seeds you dont.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  47.  
    identicon
    Another Coward, Oct 5th, 2011 @ 6:45am

    Oh yeh, Brazil, the place where you can't tell a joke, make lingerie publicity, tell your religion opinion on homosexualism without being patrolled by the political correct police.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  48.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Oct 5th, 2011 @ 7:50am

    Re: Re: Re: Sad Daze

    No I don't think I missed anything. Calling a country that jails dissenters and regularly spreads propaganda and blocks websites that say anything negative about them a greater bastion of human rights is absolutely ridiculous. Last time I recalled music and videos weren't human rights.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  49.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Oct 5th, 2011 @ 8:24am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Sad Daze

    technically they are, they're transmitted by communication. Communication is protected by freedom of expression

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  50.  
    icon
    The eejit (profile), Oct 5th, 2011 @ 11:19am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    The problem isn't with socialism as a concept; it's with applied socialism by idiotic people.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  51.  
    icon
    The eejit (profile), Oct 5th, 2011 @ 11:21am

    Re: Re:

    Tomorrow's word will be "lettuce". Now use it in a sentence.

    'Please lettuce out of here, we're too stupid to beleive.'

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  52.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Oct 5th, 2011 @ 5:38pm

    Re: Re:

    The saying translates roughly to "if it's for free, i'd even get a [medicine] shot in my forehead".

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  53.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Oct 5th, 2011 @ 5:45pm

    Re:

    Yeah, Brazil is quite contradictory. On one hand, you have free (as in speech) educational content, a bill which boosts freedom of speech itself and even the recognition of (quasi) gay marriage; on the other hand, the majority of the people is composed of, how can I put it... ultraconservatives which try to shut up any slightly politically incorrect/controverse speech and treat "unorthodox" opinions and behaviors as sheer abominations.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  54.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Oct 5th, 2011 @ 5:47pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    There is no real left-wing party in Brazil... and no real right-wing one either. Almost all of the relevant parties are center-leftish.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  55.  
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Oct 5th, 2011 @ 6:01pm

    Re: Re:

    Actually, gay (quasi) marriage. I dn't think "quasi gay" is a thing.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  56.  
    icon
    Ninja (profile), Oct 7th, 2011 @ 7:28am

    Re:

    Aka Freetardia my ass. Some of our cities have the highest costs of living in the entire planet.

    In the middle of a lot of problems at least one thing seems to be moving into the right direction. The cybercrime bill isn't going anywhere. It was merely resurrected because of the Brazilian arm (even though not related to the movement) of lulzsec attacking Governmental sites. It'll be killed like it was a while back.

    But it's refreshing to see this draft circulating. Brazil is probably a rogue country in the eyes of many developed countries due to the fact that if they abuse their patents and whatsoever we just break their rights and make the stuff here, regardless of what they think. So yes, yet another big fat middle finger to the abuses.

    Socialism is not inherently bad. Neither is capitalism. Brazil seems to be walking somewhere in the middle at the moment. And while I do think we have yet a lot of battles to win and problems to solve the situation now is not too bad. At least we aren't a police State like the US where angry babies could be arrested for disturbing the peace.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  57.  
    icon
    Ninja (profile), Oct 7th, 2011 @ 7:54am

    Re:

    politically correct, fake moralism, call what you want. The WORLD is becoming expert in this. I remember One Piece (Anime) being severely censored in the US to the point that Sanji doesn't appear with cigarettes in his mouth looking like a bad ass but rather with a freaking GAY LOLLIPOP.

    Fuck you US. Fuck you moralism.

    But please, don't blame Brazil for a global problem.

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  58.  
    identicon
    U mad bro?, Jan 25th, 2012 @ 4:47pm

    ITT: Butthurt

     

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]


Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here
Get Techdirt’s Daily Email
Save me a cookie
  • Note: A CRLF will be replaced by a break tag (<br>), all other allowable HTML will remain intact
  • Allowed HTML Tags: <b> <i> <a> <em> <br> <strong> <blockquote> <hr> <tt>
Follow Techdirt
A word from our sponsors...
Essential Reading
Techdirt Reading List
Techdirt Insider Chat
A word from our sponsors...
Recent Stories
A word from our sponsors...

Close

Email This