At times, we've covered the various goings-on in Brazil as the country has attempted to reform its outdated copyright laws.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.