ETCO supports the launch of the Parliamentary Front for the Defense of Intellectual Property

Defense of Intellectual PropertyThe Mixed Parliamentary Front in Defense of Intellectual Property and Combating Piracy will be installed in the Chamber of Deputies on March 8. Congressman Fernando Francischini (SD-PR) will be the front president and will open the launch event. Vice-presidents Sandro Alex (PSD-PR) and Eros Biondini (PROS-MG), the presidents of the Brazilian Intellectual Property Association (ABPI), Maria Carmen de Souza Brito; Edson Vismona, from the Brazilian Institute of Ethics in Competition (ETCO), and the director general of the Motion Picture Association - Latin America, Ricardo Castanheira, will also speak at the event.

In all, 37 sector entities support the initiative. During the installation of the front, the sectorial entities will launch a new digital platform to foster innovation - CriAtivaRede. With a presence on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, the network has the mission of spreading the importance of intellectual property to the general public, addressing issues that involve the entire creative industry in the country. In its beta version, CriAtivaRede has already reached 25 thousand followers.

The front will start work with a defined legislative agenda, which contains a list of the first 12 projects to be closely monitored by the group.

FPM legislative agenda

From the audiovisual sector, they support the front:

ABRAPLEX - Brazilian Association of Cinematographic Exhibiting Companies Multiplex Operators

ABTA - Brazilian Pay-TV Association

ALIANZA - Alianza against Piratería de Televisión Paga

APRO - Brazilian Association for the Production of Audiovisual Works

BRAVI - Brasil Independent Audiovisual

DBCA - Brazilian Cinema and Audiovisual Directors

MPA - Motion Picture Association - Latin America

SICAV - Union of the Audiovisual Industry

TAP - Television Association of Programmers

UBV & G - Brazilian Video and Games Union

The creation of the parliamentary front has the support of other entities, associations and companies:

ABAPI - Brazilian Association of Industrial Property Agents

ABDR - Brazilian Association of Reprographic Law

ABES - Brazilian Association of Software Companies

ABIFUMO - Brazilian Tobacco Industry Association

ABIHPEC - Brazilian Association of the Personal Hygiene, Perfumery and Cosmetics Industry

ABIT - Brazilian Association of the Textile and Clothing Industry

ABIVIDRO - Brazilian Technical Association of Automatic Glass Industries

ABPD - Brazilian Association of Record Producers

ABPI - Brazilian Association of Intellectual Property

ABRAL - Brazilian Licensing Association

AgroBio - Association of Biotechnology Companies in Agriculture and Agribusiness

ÁPICE - Association for Sports Industry and Trade


BPG - Brand Protection Group

BRASSCOM - Brazilian Association of Information and Communication Technology Companies

CBL - Brazilian Book Chamber

CNF - National Confederation of Financial Institutions

CNI - National Confederation of Industry

ETCO - Brazilian Institute of Competitive Ethics

FNCP - National Forum Against Piracy and Illegality

GS1 Brasil - Brazilian Automation Association

Brazil Legal Institute

Intellectual Capital Institute

Open Word Institute


UBC - Brazilian Union of Composers

UBEM - Brazilian Union of Music Publishers

“We must be able to solve Brazil's fiscal problem without raising taxes. Score."

“We must be able to solve Brazil's fiscal problem without raising taxes. Score."

(Minister of Finance, Henqique Meirelles - IstoÉ Dinheiro magazine, 11/11/2016)


ETCO believes that, in addition to contributing to the resumption of confidence in Brazilian society, the government's decision not to raise taxes is extremely important in the composition of the country's positive agenda, which is about improving tax collection, generating jobs and industry recovery. Especially those hard hit by the disproportionate increase in tax in recent years, which in fact caused a loss of competitiveness due to increased smuggling and counterfeiting, such as cigarettes, beverages and fuels, among others.

Read the full interview by Minister Henrique Meirelles to IstoÉ Dinheiro magazine, by clicking here



AGU School promotes seminar on Digital Law

event-law-digital-aguThe School of the AGU held on 19/10, a seminar to debate the Law in the Digital era. The event was attended by representatives of several entities such as the MPAA (Motion Picture Association), ABPI (Brazilian Association of Intellectual Property), IBDDIG (Brazilian Institute of Digital Law), among others.

ETCO President Edson Vismona participated in the panel on Digital Crime, together with the President of the Association of Federal Judges, Roberto Carvalho Veloso and the President of the National Association of Federal Police Delegates, Carlos Sobral.

For ETCO Institute, government is attentive in the fight against smuggling

Border Control

Every year, about R $ 100 billion in illegal products enter the country. Entrepreneurs say, however, they see in the current government the “coordination of efforts” necessary to reduce the problem.

On a visit to the acting president, Michel Temer, the president of the Brazilian Institute of Ethics in Competition (Etco), Evandro Guimarães, on Thursday (28) expressed the entity's “satisfaction” with the government's policy in combating piracy, contraband, tax evasion and other “business transgressions”.

“The visit took place with the objective of recording the commitment and receptivity that the team of the current government has had to our suggestions and to the attentive attention to the possibility of combating these illicitudes that bring damage to the collection and important damage to the fair competition between products, ”said Evandro Guimarães.

The “conservative” estimate, according to him, is that the equivalent of R $ 100 billion in illegal products will enter the country every year. More than the loss of federal revenue from these products, which do not pay taxes, Evandro mentions another evil associated with smuggling: unfair competition with legalized companies, which creates unemployment and legal insecurity.

Willingness to listen

Although the challenge of circumventing this problem is “enormous”, says Evandro, the government of the incumbent president, Michel Temer, has demonstrated, in two and a half months, a willingness to listen to the affected companies and determined that the competent bodies act to create barriers to smuggling, with greater action by agencies such as the Federal Police, Highway and constant inspection by the Federal Revenue.

“[We have noticed that] the government is aware of the issue. The Ministry of Justice, the Federal Revenue Service and the areas that are interested in coordinating efforts to reduce this phenomenon. [The attention] is very great, it is very new and is very much welcomed ”, he evaluated.

Source: Blog do Planalto (28/07)



"My dream is not to risk"

On the Legal Entrepreneur website ENTREPRENEURSHIP.COM, the entity gathers real cases of entrepreneurs in the outsourcing sector (outsourced) who bet on legality and differentiated themselves in the market.

The campaign, made up of 4 videos, shows through the testimonies of Brazilian businessmen, the importance of building a sustainable network of suppliers and partners who work within the legal framework.

The videos cite examples of losses caused by the lack of rigor in contracting services. A contractor using illegal programs can leave the entire system exposed to theft of commercial data, embezzlement of company cash, breach of customer privacy, etc.


Francisco Camargo | President of ABES

It is essential that, in addition to governmental bodies, the private sector also works to create a healthier business environment. The use of legal software by all actors in the production chain contributes a lot to this ”, says ABES president, Francisco Camargo.

“The change in culture does not happen only with inspection and control by the State. It is necessary for the entrepreneur to be an active part of the change ”, he adds.

Thus, in addition to ensuring that your entire system works within a legal environment, it is up to the entrepreneur to also be an inducer of good practices for all business partners.


In social networks alone, the estimated audience to be reached is 10,7 million people, adding users from Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, YouTube and Google. In addition to raising the entrepreneur's awareness of the importance of using legalized programs, ABES intends to broaden the understanding that it is up to everyone to contribute to the creation of a sustainable network among all market players for the use of original software.


Benjamin Quadros | President of BRQ

What often happens is that the customer purchases illegal software from an informal vendor and then, up front, he acknowledges the problem. So, purchasing formal software is a good policy. It minimizes your risks as a company ”, says the president of BRQ, Benjamin Quadros, one of the entrepreneurs who participates in the campaign.

“You are either an entrepreneur who follows the rules or you are an opportunist who takes advantage of the opportunity to have a tax benefit. Having original software is a competitive advantage ”, he teaches.

The cost to companies of damage caused by pirated software is around $ 400 billion annually, according to the study on the impact of the use of illegal software worldwide ordered by the BSA from the IDC Institute. The same survey shows that the software piracy rate in Brazil is 47% of the programs installed on all computers in the country. In the world, this index is 39%.

The ABES campaign

For 60 days, the association will use social networks to reach the largest number of Brazilian entrepreneurs and software suppliers, in addition to professionals in the legal, financial and IT areas - who are important decision makers within companies.

ABES partner entities, such as FIESP, the ETCO Institute, the Competitive Brazil Movement, and Apex-Brasil will also participate in publicizing the campaign.

The first three videos of the campaign to be published on social networks tell the experiences of entrepreneurs Fábio Câmara, from F. Câmara Consultoria em TI; Benjamin Quadros, from BRQ; and Jorge Sukarie, from Brasoftware.

The fourth video will be by businessman Luis Carlos Nacif, president of Microsocity. With a strong presence in the market, the four companies are suppliers to hundreds of companies in the IT market, bringing great visibility to the discussion and deepening the debate among the most diverse players in the sector.

Companies like these can positively influence an entire production chain, helping to change culture and adopt good practices.

Source: CryptoID website) - 19/06


Parliamentary Cyber ​​Crimes Inquiry Commission approves final report


Antonio Augusto / Chamber of Deputies

Text includes bill that allows judges to block websites and apps dedicated to crimes


The Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry (CPI) on Cyber ​​Crimes approved on Wednesday (4), with 17 votes in favor and six against, the final report of Deputy Espiridião Amin (PP-SC). PT, PCdoB, PTB and Rede recommended the rejection of the text.

CPI maintained in the final report the bill that allows judges to determine the blocking of sites and applications dedicated to the practice of crimes, which had been causing controversy in the commission. The CPI rejected - by 13 votes against 9 - PCdoB's prominence to withdraw the draft report.

Under the bill suggested by deputy rapporteur Rafael Motta (PSB-RN), judges will be able to determine the blocking of access to websites and applications hosted outside the country or that have no representation in Brazil and that are primarily dedicated to the practice of punishable crimes with a minimum sentence of two years in prison, with the exception of crimes against honor.

In this list of crimes that may give rise to the blockade, include, for example, copyright crimes, a practice also known as “piracy” - one of the points that provoked divergences.

Exclusion of messaging services
At the suggestion of deputy Sandro Alex (PSD-PR), one of the CPI's sub-rapporteurs, the final text of the project makes it clear that instant messaging applications, such as WhatsApp, cannot be blocked.

"If our text were in effect, the judge who blocked WhatsApp would be banned from taking the application down," said rapporteur Esperidião Amin. He noted that the court decision that blocked the application earlier this week was taken based on the Marco Civil da Internet (Law 12.965 / 14)

Amin also stressed that the bill that allows the blocking of applications will still have to be processed in the Chamber, as well as the other five projects contained in the report. The six proposals will be processed as projects by the CPI, on a priority basis.

Ineffective measure

One of the deputies opposed to the proposal, Alessandro Molon (Rede-RJ), who was Marco Civil's rapporteur in the Chamber, considers the blocking of sites and applications an ineffective measure to combat cyber crimes. According to him, illegal websites quickly change addresses.

For Molon, it is necessary to investigate who is putting illegal content on the internet and to arrest these people, because "criminals do not stop committing crimes because an address is blocked". Also according to the deputy, the judge who determined the blockade of WhatsApp misread the Marco Civil.

Content withdrawal
The CPI also maintained in the final report another controversial point in the text: the bill that provides that internet service providers remove from the network, without the need for a new judicial decision, content equal to others that have already had the withdrawal determined by the courts.

According to the text, a notification from the interested party will be enough for the content to be removed. The commission rejected highlights from the PT and other parties to suppress this proposal from the final report.

Content censorship
Alessandro Molon was one of those who defended the need for a court order to remove identical contents. For him, only the judge can guarantee that the content is the same as others whose removal has already been determined by the courts. The deputy believes that there is a risk that content that is in fact not identical will be censored.

Representative Daniel Coelho (PSDB-PE), one of the CPI's sub-rapporteurs, rejected the idea that a measure could lead to content censorship. The objective of the project, according to Coelho, is to prevent the victim from having to go to court several times to remove content considered illegal that was shared.

For the congressman, who is against the project "is defending the commercial interest of those who manage the network, who do not want any responsibility or cost".

Computer Invasion
The CPI report also includes a project that expands the crime of computer device invasion (computer or cell phone), already provided for in the Penal Code (Decree-Law 2.848/40).

Under the project, the invasion of any computerized system, with or without personal advantage, will become a crime. Currently, the Penal Code considers it a crime to invade a computer device only if the objective of obtaining, tampering with or destroying data or information without authorization from the device owner is proven.

For deputy Leo de Brito (PT-AC), the project penalizes so-called “good hackers”, who invade systems to test their vulnerability. The PT bench showed a suppressive highlight for this proposal, but the highlight was rejected.

The highlight was approved by deputy Nelson Marchezan Junior (PSDB-RS), who expanded the scope of the crime initially foreseen in the report. He called for the deletion of the part of the project that made it clear that the invasion would be considered a crime only if there was "exposure of computerized data to the risk of disclosure or misuse". For him, any invasion has to be criminalized. "Hacker of good is authorized," he said.

Other proposals
Chaired by Congresswoman Mariana Carvalho (PSDB-RO), the Cyber ​​Crime Crimes CPI functioned for nine months, held more than 50 public hearings, listening to about 140 deponents.

The commission's final report also foresees two Proposals for Financial Inspection and Control so that the With the assistance of the Federal Audit Court, the Chamber inspects the National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel), and recommends the consideration of several proposals that are already underway at the Casa.

A CPI also makes referrals to other government agencies to combat this type of crime and calls for an investigation by Facebook, Twitter and Yahoo for alleged crimes against the tax order.

Reportage - Lara Haje
Edition - Newton Araújo
Source: Câmara Câmara


Brazil badly placed in the fight against piracy, shows American report


Brazil once again occupies a negative place in Special Report 301, an annual report released by the United States Department of Commerce (USTR) on Wednesday. The document assesses the level of protection of intellectual property in several countries around the world and is used by the American government in trade negotiations, including the application of economic restrictions. Brazil, as in 2015, is on the Watch List of the document (only worse than the Priority Watch List).

The USTR lists several topics of concern to the United States government about Brazil: protection of copyrights, piracy, patent approval, trademark and drug registrations. "Concerns are with the volume of counterfeiting and piracy in Brazil, including on the internet", highlights the text, in a chapter reserved for Brazil. The text criticizes the work of the National Council Against Piracy of the Ministry of Justice, classified as "underutilized". According to the USTR, the agency has shown good results in previous years, but fell far short in 2015. Regarding patents and trademark registrations, the document says that “the United States remains concerned about the long time it takes to approve patents and trademark registrations. trademarks ”, highlighting the eleven-year deadlines for approving patents and three years for registering trademarks.

The report lists countries where online piracy is commercially robust and massively accessed. And in this team of countries, Brazil is flanked by China, India, Switzerland, Ukraine, Canada and Russia. The theme is even the subject of analysis in the National Congress, where the CPI of Cyber ​​Crimes of the Chamber of Deputies focuses on the subject. Until tomorrow, the commission must vote on the final report with some suggestions for bills, including one that provides for the adoption of the blocking of pirate sites through a judicial decision - a measure adopted in several countries around the world, such as the European Union, and recently supported by a joint letter released by 16 sectorial entities - including the Brazilian Association of Intellectual Property, the Brazilian Association of Independent Television Producers and the Brazilian Association for the Production of Audiovisual Works, the Brazilian Institute of Ethical Competition (ETCO) and the Forum National Against Piracy and Illegality (FNCP).

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Source: Jota (28/04)



ETCO and 14 more entities sign letter in defense of anti-piracy legislation

ETCO and several institutions linked to the audiovisual, game, music, technology and arts sectors in joint action signed a letter in defense of intellectual property in the scope of the report produced by the CPI of Cyber ​​Crimes.

The letter highlights the delivery of the final report of the CPI on Cyber ​​Crimes, on March 31. The commission's formal referrals include the legislative proposal that authorizes the Brazilian Judiciary to request a connection provider to block access to sites that make illegal content available on the network and included in the area of ​​intellectual property. The proposal aims to modernize Brazilian legislation related to the Internet environment, specifically with regard to the protection and encouragement of creativity, innovation and competitiveness in numerous productive sectors.

In the list of signatories of the text are the Brazilian Association of Copyright Law (ABDA), Brazilian Association of Software Companies (ABES), Brazilian Association of Importers of Lighting Products (ABILUMI), Brazilian Association of Disc Producers (ABPD), Association Brazilian Intellectual Property Association (ABPI), Brazilian Association of Independent Television Producers (ABPITV), Association for Industry and Sports Trade (ÁPICE), Brazilian Association for the Production of Audiovisual Works (APRO), Brand Protection Group (BPG), Instituto Brazilian Competition Ethics (ETCO), National Forum Against Piracy and Illegality Instituto Brasil Legal (FNCP), Motion Picture Association - Latin America (MPA), Union of Audiovisual Industry (SICAV), Brazilian Union of Music Publishers (UBEM) and the Brazilian Video & Game Union (UBV & G)

Click on the link to access the full document:   joint charter entities - CPI cyber crimes