Ministry of Justice will reactivate Council to Combat Piracy

The National Council to Combat Piracy will be reactivated by the Ministry of Justice, which will have intelligence, coordination and repression actions at the borders, especially with Paraguay.
Minister Osmar Serraglio (Justice), Deputy Efraim Filho (DEM-PB), from the Front to Combat Smuggling, and the coordinator of the Movement in Defense of the Brazilian Legal Market, Edson Vismona, met to discuss the implementation of the campaign “The Brazil we want: United for the end of smuggling”.

“The union of forces between Government, parliament and society is the way to fight the crime of smuggling and the support of the Minister of Justice will be fundamental for the successful defense of the illegal market”, says Vismona, president of ETCO

Blumenau joins the Free City of Piracy Project

Signature of the Free Piracy City Agreementcity-free-piracy-cuiaba

Cidade was the 14th in the country to integrate a cooperation program against this type of crime. Work is coordinated by ETCO


The city of Santa Catarina of Blumenau signed, on September 11, the term of adhesion to the Free City of Piracy Project. The program is led by the National Council for Combating Piracy, an organ of the Ministry of Justice, and coordinated by ETCO-Brazilian Institute of Ethics in Competition. Blumenau is the 14th Brazilian city and the first Santa Catarina city to join the project, whose objective is to coordinate the action of the various public agencies with attributions related to this type of crime.

According to Mayor Napoleão Bernardes, membership should benefit the municipality and its population. "It is very important to promote awareness, appreciation and respect for the rules to form a society more attentive to rights and duties, in addition to contributing economically to the development of the municipality," he said at the event.

ETCO's executive director, Heloísa Ribeiro, was present at the ceremony. “The adhesion of the mayors is fundamental for the effectiveness of the fight against piracy”, says Heloísa. “Coordinating this project is an extremely important mission for the Institute”.

Soon after the ceremony, the first meeting was held between the National, State and Municipal Councils to Combat Piracy. The integration between the different levels of government is one of the aspects considered fundamental for the success of the Program in the cities where it has been implemented until today.

The occasion also marked the destruction of pirated products seized in the city and the delivery of certificates to the winners of the 4th National Award to Combat Piracy (see here).

National Council to Combat Piracy rewards actions in the country


Registrations for the 4th National Award to Combat Piracy 2014 (PNCP), which aims to recognize public and private entities that stood out in the effective fight against piracy and the illegal market, are still open. Participants can compete in the educational / preventive and economic / repressive categories.

Each category will have up to three winners, who will be classified as gold, silver and bronze. Actions carried out in any location in Brazil can be registered.

Registration is open until 30 January 2015. Should be done by email or sent, by post, with postage until the 30th, to the Ministry of Justice, at the address: Esplanada dos Ministérios, Bloco T, Ministry of Justice, Ed.Sede, Sala 301. CEP: 70.064-900.

Source: CNCP (16/01)

United States Attorney General fines exporter for using pirated software

Attorney General of the State of Massachusetts, USA, barred a Thai seafood processor for illegal use of IT in its business operations; the first application of the american law against unfair competition is a warning to Brazilian companies operating in this market

On October 18, in compliance with the law to combat unfair IT competition, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley took legal action against a Thai seafood exporter who makes illegal use of Information Technology (IT) to reduce your operating costs. The prosecutor demanded that the company adapt IT and pay a fine to continue operating in the United States. This was the first American penalty against exporting companies after the creation of laws to combat unfair IT competition.

According to Gérson Schmitt, president of ABES (Brazilian Association of Software Companies), this movement against infringing companies can be a great opportunity for Brazil, as it is the country with the lowest piracy rate among emerging countries: 53%, while China reaches 77%.

“Brazilian companies only have reasons to benefit from legalized IT. Brazil can differentiate itself in the market compared to those that do not use licensed IT and protect its business against possible interruptions and improve its global reputation ”, says Schmitt.

American anti-piracy laws

Schmitt explains that this attitude was not surprising, given the growing pressure from American lawmakers and officials seeking to curb unfair competition and ensure global equality of suppliers and manufacturers.

The application of general rules to combat unfair competition for this purpose reflects the movement initiated in states such as Washington, Massachusetts and Louisiana, which came to adopt specific laws to curb unfair competition caused by the use of illegal information technology. These standards are intended to ensure that products traded on the American market are manufactured with licensed IT.

Awareness of Brazilian businessmen

"We are working in Brazil with education campaigns to ensure that Brazilian companies are fully aware of the barriers they may face in accessing the American market, as they do not use legalized software", says the president of ABES.

Earlier this year, ABES launched the “Exporte Legal”  in partnership with ETCO - Brazilian Institute of Competitive Ethics, MBC - Competitive Brazil Movement and CNCP - National Council to Combat Piracy, with the aim of alerting and encouraging Brazilian businesspeople to take responsibility for their IT, through appropriate licensing. For the month of November, the launch of the second phase of the campaign is scheduled, with the theme “Legal Entrepreneur”, which will bring a portal of complaints against software piracy.

“Various sectors of the industry will have great opportunities with the application of unfair competition rules in IT, such as the automobile, technology, textile and food products industries, among others. These segments today are responsible for several local jobs, and have the possibility of having a great competitive gain in the international market the greater the percentage of legality in relation to the use of IT ”, concludes Schmitt.

National Council to Combat Piracy Launches Award

The National Council for Combating Piracy and Offenses against Intellectual Property (CNCP) is open for registration for the 1st National Award for Combating Piracy in order to honor public and private organizations and entities that stood out in this area in the period of August 2010 to July 2011.

The award will be divided into three categories: best law enforcement action, best educational action and best economic action. Each action will be judged based on five criteria: impact and benefit to society, impact and benefit to the economy, innovation and creativity of the initiative, planning and coordination, potential for example and motivation.

To register you will need to fill in the form with the following information: name, position, company or agency where you work, telephone and e-mail of the person responsible for the application, description of the action to combat piracy or illegal market, indication of the results achieved and information Each category will have only one winner, in addition, it will not be possible to register in more than one area.

The completed form must be sent, along with supporting documentation, by correspondence to the National Council for Combating Piracy and Intellectual Property Offenses (CNCP), located at the Ministry of Justice, Esplanada dos Ministérios, block T, room 301, building Headquarters, CEP 70.064-900.

The delivery ceremony will take place on the 2nd of December and will be part of the events of the National Day to Combat Piracy. The registration form is available on the Ministry of Justice website -

Registrations are open until August 31st.

São Paulo City Hall and CNCP renew cooperation against illegal trade

Source: Guilherme Barros Blog - 02/12/2010

Today, the cooperation agreement between the São Paulo City Hall and the National Council for Combating Piracy, an agency of the Ministry of Justila, was renewed to curb illegal trade and piracy in the city.

The term was signed by Rafael Favetti, executive secretary of the Ministry of Justice, Edsom Ortega, Municipal Secretary of Public Security, and André Franco Montoro Filho, executive president of the Brazilian Institute of Ethics in Competition (ETCO).