Brazil One Step Closer to Allowing Unauthorized Biographies

brazilian flagOn Tuesday, the Brazilian Congress approved the bill that authorizes publishing of images and biographical information of famous and public persons. The bill, known as the Biographies law, allows the production of movies and books, for instance, without necessarily having the consent of the subject or his family. More than once have Brazilian judges banned publishers from selling unauthorized biographies, stifling production of this literary genre in Brazil. The bill moves now to the Senate, where, if approved, will alter the civil code. The Brazilian Publishers’ Union (SNEL), circulated petition last week seeking support of the Biographies Law, claiming that current legislation is counter to the constitutional right of freedom of speech.

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