FGV participates in a project that seeks a reform of Ecad

09 July 2013

Last Wednesday, July 3, the Senate approved, with an urgent status, the bill that replaces PL 129/2012 which establishes new rules for the collection and payment of royalties by the Central Bureau of Collection and Distribution (Ecad). The researcher at the Center for Technology and Society (CTS) of FGV's Rio de Janeiro Law School (DIREITO RIO), Pedro Belchior, was one of the editors of the initial project and followed the voting in Brazil's capital, Brasília. The first document relied on the help of CTS' professors and researchers, and was presented to the Congress in 2012, after years of discussions and the conclusion of the Congressional Investigative Commission (CPI) of the Senate in the same year. The same basis of the current project was taken into consideration: Transparency, Efficiency, Modernization, Regulation and Inspection. According to Pedro Belchior, the approved text keeps the suggestions presented above and includes the claims of artists and civil society with greater legitimacy, since today new artists have joined the cause and are directly participating in the process. According to the researcher, they are not addressing the importance and relevance of Ecad in the current context, but its control and transparency in order to ensure that the entity complies with the interests of authors and artists it represents. It is, above all, an old debate in the sense of making the activity fair and correct for those who actually make up the musical culture of the country, said Melchior. The bill then continues to the House of Representatives and there's no estimate of when it will be voted, although CTS' researcher believes in a quick voting process.The project will initially be voted by the Cultural Committee of the House of Representatives and shall be subject to urgency requirements, so that it is taken to the plenary session, he explains.