Release of the book "The author exists. Author’s Rights applied by the STJ during the 80 years of UBC" at the Espaço Cultural do Superior Tribunal de Justiça brings together Brazilian authorities and personalities
Last Wednesday (February, 7th), UBC and the Superior Court of Justice (STJ) promoted the launch of the book “The author exists. Author’s Rights applied by the STJ during the 80 years of UBC”. The launch is part of UBC's 80th anniversary celebrations calendar and proceeds from the sales will be donated to the Zeca Pagodinho Institute. With the organization and coordination of Sydney Sanches and Karina Callai and the participation of Ministers João Otávio de Noronha, Aldir Passarinho Junior and Sidnei Beneti, the work collects over 10 articles by some of the greatest Brazilian authorities in the field of author’s rights. Among them, an in memoriam contribution by Fernando Brant, composer, former president of UBC and central figure in the defense of authors' rights in Brazil, and João Carlos Müller Chaves, lawyer and general secretary for nearly 20 years of the Latin American Federation of Phonographic Producers (FLAPF).
The night was made even more special by a special performance by Paula Lima and Simoninha singing “Girl from Ipanema”, “Sá Marina” and “País Tropical”. The event was attended by Brazilian authorities and personalities, such as Sepúlveda Pertence, Minister of the Federal Supreme Court; Marcio Luiz, Counselor of the National Council of Justice; Rafael Fariñas, CISAC Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean; Isabel Amorim, Superintendent of ECAD; and federal congressman André Janones. Also present were the Ministers of the STJ Og Fernandes (Vice President and General Inspector of Federal Justice), Humberto Martins, Isabel Gallotti, Villas Bôas Cueva, Sebastião Reis Júnior, Moura Ribeiro, Rogério Schietti Cruz and Antônio Saldanha Palheiro. The autograph table was composed by João Otávio de Noronha, Minister of the Superior Court of Justice; Aldir Passarinho Júnior, retired Minister of the Superior Court of Justice; Sidney Beneti, retired Minister of the Superior Court of Justice; José Carlos Costa Neto, Judge of the Court of Justice of São Paulo; Sydney Sanches, UBC attorney and book coordinator; Karina Callai, ECAD lawyer and book coordinator; lawyer and professor Rodrigo Kopke Salinas; and lawyer Ygor Valério.
“To launch the book in Brasília was a matter of justice, of gratitude to the STJ for its contribution to the recognition of author’s rights in Brazil. It was a memorable night, with the massive presence of many employees and protagonists of fundamental legal resolutions for the sector. UBC's 80th anniversary celebration calendar would not be complete without the publication of this book,” says Marcelo Castello Branco, executive director of UBC.
“The launch of the book in Brasília, at the STJ, represents the recognition of the role of the Citizenship Court in consolidating our legislation and the rights of creators and holders. The book was created from this perspective of rescuing the historical trajectory of the STJ in the defense of rightsholders, consolidating an interpretation of the law in line with the technological transformations and maintaining the legislation coherent with the times and especially applicable to the digital environment.”, said Sydney Sanches .
Dedicated to the memories of Fernando Brant and Erasmo Carlos, the book has a preface signed by Paulo Sérgio Valle, president of UBC and author of more than 1,000 compositions. In the introductory text, the composer anticipates what the reader will find in the following pages. “In some way, legislators and judges, throughout history, have demonstrated that they have a 'musical ear' and sensitivity to listen to the need to protect the artistic work and its author; hence the Author’s Law. That's what you’ll find in the pages of this book”, says the author.
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