Not just the pirates: Brazilian rights holders indicted for ripping off artists | ArsTechnica

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Fifteen officials of ECAD, the Brazilian organization in charge of collecting copyright licensing fees for music, face indictment after a Senate investigation there. The organization is the Brazilian counterpart to American collecting societies such as ASCAP and BMI. The Senate committee also recommended new legislation to overhaul the copyright licensing system in Brazil.

In the political arena, copyright debates are often portrayed as morality plays with industry incumbents as the good guys and file-sharing firms like Megaupload and the Pirate Bay wearing the black hats. Yet the controversy in Brazil is a useful reminder that the picture isn’t always so black and white. Incumbents in Brazil and elsewhere have also skirted the law, taking money that rightfully belongs to artists or consumers.

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