IP protection in Brazil: a better balance for the digital age


Alysson Oikawa

More than 10 years after Brazil’s copyright law was reformed, momentum is gathering for further revisions, says Alysson Oikawa.

2008 marked the 10th anniversary of the current regime for the protection of works of authorship in Brazil. On February 19, 1998, the Brazilian government published Laws No. 9610 and No. 9609. The first consolidated the legislation on copyright and neighbouring rights, while the second established specific IP protection for computer software.

The anniversary stimulated new measures and debates, especially on issues related to the prosecution of violations and the need for legal responses to the challenges of the digital age.

The National Council against Piracy and Intellectual Property Crimes (CNPC) was created on October 2004, as part of the Brazilian Ministry of Justice, and comprises government and civil bodies representing sectors affected by piracy.

Brazil, copyright law, reform, FNDA, piracy