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Software Protection in Brazil – Register or Not?
*Eduardo Ludmer | Brazil is home to a thriving software industry which generates more than US$ 60 billion per year. Brazilian developers are reckoned as creative and smart, responsible for coming up with great solutions for easing the hurdles of daily life faced by Brazilians and other foreign nationals. One question, however, still beats them: should they register that perfect software that they put so much effort into it and makes them so proud? The question is not uncommon to other software owners/developers worldwide as registration usually requires the disclosure of part of the source code, the mere thought of which makes one tremble. So register or not, that is the question. Under Brazilian law a computer program is considered a literary work. Article II of Law # 9,609/1998 (known as the “Software Act”) explicitly provides that the legal framework applied to a computer program is that conferred to the literary works by copyright and neighboring rights law.

Brazil | 06/07/2017


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