[A2k] Compartilhamento legal! – Brazil is putting an end to the ‘war on copying,’ at R$ 3,00 per month

Volker Grassmuck vgrass at rz.hu-berlin.de
Wed Sep 1 15:56:55 PDT 2010


On the final day of the public consultation on Brazil’s copyright bill (English translation), all wakes of the legal, creative, civil society and industrial sectors were abuzz with activity. Among the last minute contributors was an impressive initiative of 28 academic, educational, consumer, musical and digital cultural organizations, joined in the Network for copyright law reform. In their “fifteen contributions for access to knowledge” they propose, among others, an exception for educational non-profit use and a term reduction from 70 to 50 years after the death of the author.

An overlapping constellation of civil society and art actors focussed their submission on a single issue: file-sharing. Under the slogan “Compartilhamento legal! R$3,00 de todos para tudo,” this network is proposing to legalize non-commercial file-sharing in exchange for a levy on broadband Internet access. The idea is nearly as old as peer-to-peer file-sharing itself. It has been tested in technology and in law making a few times. Here and now in Brazil, it feels like it might actually become a reality.

Read more: http://www.vgrass.de/?p=382

Go to the initiative: http://www.gpopai.usp.br/compartilhamento/

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