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New premium TV law becomes effective

Brazil - June 14 2012 New regulations applicable to premium TV services were approved on 23 March 2012 by the Brazilian National Telecommunications Agency (ANATEL).

Esther Flesch.

Brazilian Internet Steering Committee against SOPA

Brazil - June 14 2012 On 5 March 2012, the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee ( approved a resolution stating that it was against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).

Esther Flesch.

Brazilian government issues regulations on the manufacturing of interactive TVs

Brazil - May 31 2012 On 9 March 2012, the Brazilian Ministries of Development, Industry and International Commerce (MDIC) and Science, Technology and Innovation (MCT) issued Joint Ministerial Ordinance No. 187 (Ordinance) that required all new plasma TVs manufactured in the Free Economic Zone of Manaus (State of Amazonas) to include broadcast interactive applications in accordance with regulations issued by the Brazilian Association of Technical Standards (ABNT).

Esther Flesch.

Small IT companies to challenge change in social security

Brazil - May 11 2012 An association of data processing and information technology (IT) services companies from the State of São Paulo (Seprosp) has announced that it will file a lawsuit challenging Federal Law No. 12.546/12 (the Law), which has changed the calculation of Brazilian social security contributions applicable to the IT sector from 20% over the companies' payrolls to 2.5% over their revenue.

Esther Flesch.

Telecommunications operator obtains favourable decision in dispute against copyright collecting society for simulcasting

Brazil - May 3 2012 The Rio de Janeiro Court of Justice determined that a telecommunications operator (Oi) is not liable for royalties for the public performance of musical works played simultaneously on the radio and over the internet.

Esther Flesch.