Tuesday, February 18, 2003

Court and Government decisions

Due to a very imperfect wording of the 1998 Brazilian Copyright Law, court decisions and other official legal documents have been argued as being held in property by their authors. In one egregious case, the Law School of which I am the dean has been successfully sued by the subscriber of a officially published legal opinion by a Brazilian SEC house attorney, utilized for straight academic purposes during a short term course. The opinion has a mandatory, that's to say, normative, character and was collected from SEC's website.

Should this trend go on, legislators would be able to dispense with their salaries, and live on the proceeds of their good works. And so would judges.

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