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Brazil holds public comment period on proposed revisions to 1998 Copyright Law

On June 14, 2010, the Executive Office of the President released a proposed law intended to "modernize" the existing statute governing authorial and connected rights in Brazil, Federal Law No. 9.610 of 1998 (hereinafter, "the Copyright Law"). The proposed law is the result of...

Brazilian company need not indemnify multinational software manufacturers for the use of unlicensed software

by Esther Flesch and Bruno Maeda The Superior Court of the State of Minas Gerais has ruled that a Brazilian engineering company was not required to indemnify two large US-based software companies for the use of unlicensed software. The lawsuit was filed by one of the multinational software companies...

Anomalous Brazilian state appeals court decision finds lack of reciprocity, denies protection to US software companies

A 2-1 decision issued in May 2010 by a panel of the Appellate Court of the State of Minas Gerais (Appeal No. 1.0224.08.199736-3) refused to acknowledge Microsoft Corporation's and Autodesk Inc.'s rights in and to computer programs. According to the majority, Microsoft and Autodesk had failed...

11 Countries Seek Voice In Arizona Immigration Appeal

PHOENIX - (AP) Mexico and 10 other Latin American countries want a federal appeals court to consider their viewpoints in Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's appeal of a ruling that put parts of her state's new immigration law on hold. The countries are asking. . . . Full version available to lexis.com...

Arizona Gov. Opposes Mexico's Participation In Appeal

PHOENIX - (AP) Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is opposing a court ruling that lets other countries file a friend-of-the-court brief in her appeal of a decision that put parts of the state's new immigration law on hold. Mexico and 10 other Latin American countries were granted permission. . . . Full version...

Brazil Adopts Administrative Dispute Resolution Process For New Domain Names

On September 30, 2010, NIC.br, the entity which oversees the registration of domain names in Brazil, adopted a mandatory administrative dispute resolution process for all ".br" domain names registered from that date forward. A new clause added to NIC.br's standard-form registration...

Favored Taxation Countries and Privileged Fiscal Regimes in Brazil

by Walter Stuber Brasil recently adopted new laws on taxation to implement many of the OECD guidelines to provide for transparency and assure revenue collection. Brazilian law now defines many new terms for tax purposes, and its recently updated list of favored taxation countries or dependencies...

Brazil-Russia-India-China (BRIC) Laws Toolbox

B razil R ussia I ndia C hina Laws Toolbox Welcome to LexisNexis B.R.I.C.Laws toolbox that brings you LexisNexis content available for the new emerging economic bloc composed of the nations of Brazil, Russia, India and China (the People’s Republic of China.) The BRIC nations...

Brazil and Anti-Corruption Legislation

As one of the world's largest energy producing countries, many US companies have subsidiaries in Brazil, which are subject to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Most of these companies have translated versions of the US FCPA compliance program. Such translations often disregard the size...

The Growing Demand for U.S. Visas in China and Brazil

Special Briefing: Managing Director for Visa Services Ed Ramotowski and Minister Counselors for Consular Affairs Chuck Bennett and Donald Jacobson - via Teleconference, November 8, 2011 . "MR. ECHARD: Good afternoon, and thank you all for joining us today on relatively short notice. We’re...

Walter Stuber on Current Regulations for Debentures and Financial Bills in Brazil

By Walter Stuber A new law for the Brazilian legal regime of debentures was established in June 2011, which introduced important changes to the Brazilian Corporation Law (BCL). 1 The law's aim is to improve and adapt the system to which debentures are subject, in order to bring more flexibility...

Brazil: Critics slam court's underage sex verdict

BRASILIA Brazil (AP) - Human rights advocates in Brazil have slammed a recent appeals court ruling that found that having sex with a minor does not necessarily constitute statutory rape. The Superior Court of Justice ruled earlier this week that a man accused of having had sex with three 12-year...

Brazil lawmakers investigate human rights abuses

BRASILIA Brazil (AP) - Brazilian legislators have started investigating human rights abuses committed during the South American country's past military regime. Congresswoman Luiza Erundina tells reporters the move is meant to Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers)

Brazil president to receive apologies for torture

SAO PAULO (AP) - The Rio de Janeiro state government said Friday it will apologize to Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff for the human rights abuses she suffered during the country's 1961-1985 dictatorship. Rousseff is a former leftist guerrilla who spent three years in Full version (available...

Now Hiring: Brazil Wants More Foreign Professionals

"Brazil's government is exploring ways to ease immigration rules in order to attract up to 10 times more foreign professionals and help spur economic growth, a senior official told Reuters. A lack of skilled workers is one of many bottlenecks that have lately brought the world's sixth largest...

Brazil truth commission to probe only junta crimes

SAO PAOLO (AP) - Brazil's Truth Commission will investigate only human rights abuses committed by the country's former dictatorship, not any crimes committed by opponents of the 1964-1985 regime. The commission said Tuesday on its website that it Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers...

New Rules on Merger Notifications in Brazil

by Leonardo Rocha e Silva and Jose Alexandre Buaiz Neto Excerpt: On 29 May 2012, the new Brazilian Competition Act (Law No. 12529, enacted on 30 November 2011) (Act) became effective, replacing the former law enacted in 1994. The new Act will change the Brazilian competition system significantly...

The Brazilian Clean Companies Act

For those of you looking ahead to 2014, one date you will want to note on your calendar is January 29, 2014. That is the effective date of the Brazilian Clean Companies Act , a new anti-bribery statute that signals Brazil’s intention to crack down on corruption. The Act represents an operational...

DLA Piper: Bill of Law on Internet-Related Matters is Approved in Brazil

By Adriano Chaves and Maria Paula Souza , Campos Mello Advogados law firm (Brazil)* The so-called “ Marco Civil da Internet ” (i.e. the Bill of Law 2,126/2011, which establishes a civil rights framework for the Internet) was voted and approved by the Brazilian House of Representatives...

Hammer Films’ Frankenstein and the Monster of Corruption in Brazil

Today we celebrate the initial two Hammer Films Frankenstein entries into the horror pantheon. These classic films, from the 1950s, were the The Curse of Frankenstein and The Revenge of Frankenstein. In both films Peter Cushing played the monster’s creator, Dr. Frankenstein. In the first film Christopher...

Brazilian Corruption Scandal Expands Past Petrobras – Is a FCPA Country Sweep Next?

The Brazilian corruption scandal took a new turn last week, when the Brazilian government announced that it was investigating the country’s health ministry and the state-owned bank Caixa Econômica Federal (Caixa). As reported by Rogerio Jelmayer and Luciana Magalhaes in the Wall Street Journal...

The Petrobras Scandal and Corruption of Political Parties Under the FCPA

When does bribery and corruption move from a business issue to a political issue to a national issue? Why should US companies be held to the gold standard of anti-corruption laws? Should the US government even care if US companies engage in bribery of politicians and political parties outside the US...

The Easter Rebellion and Petrobras’ $17 Billion Write Down

Ninety-nine years ago Friday the Easter Rebellion began. If there is one event that is seared into history as a turning point for Irish independence from Britain, it was the Easter Rebellion. England had finally granted Home Rule to Ireland in 1914 but suspended implementation due to World War I. This...

The Fifth Letter and Expansion of the Brazilian Corruption Scandal into the Private Sector

I recently received a review copy of the book The Fifth Letter by fellow University of Michigan grad Vivian L. Carpenter. It is a rollicking good read which touches on areas of constitutional law, inalienable rights in the US, the complexities of racial relations in the South up to this day, an all-knowing...

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