Ronaldo Lemos

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Ronaldo Lemos
Born Ronaldo Lemos da Silva Júnior
Nationality Brazilian
Occupation Professor at the Rio de Janeiro State University Law School
Known for Project Lead for Creative Commons Brazil/Creator of the idea of the Marco Civil da Internet

Ronaldo Lemos (born 1976), is an internationally respected Brazilian academic, lawyer and commentator on intellectual property, technology, and culture.

Lemos is the director of the Institute for Technology & Society of Rio de Janeiro (, and professor at the Rio de Janeiro State University´s Law School. He is also a partner with the law firm Pereira Neto Macedo advogados.,[1] and a board member of various organizations, including the Mozilla Foundation,, and Stellar.[2] He was nominated a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2015.[3]

Lemos was one of the creators of the Marco Civil da Internet,[4] a law enacted in April 2014, creating a comprehensive set or rights for the Internet in Brazil, including freedom of speech, privacy and net neutrality.[5] Because of its impact in favor of an open and free internet, the Marco Civil da Internet law has been covered by publications such as the magazine The Economist,[6] the Wall Street Journal,[7] Financial Times,[8] the New York Times,[9] and others. It has also been called by Tim Berners-Lee "a very good example of how governments can play a positive role in advancing web rights and keeping the web open".[10]

Lemos is Project Lead of the Creative Commons Brazil, Creative Commons International (CCi).[11]

Lemos' academic qualifications include a J.D., University of Sao Paulo Law School, a Master of Laws degree, Harvard Law School, and a Doctor of Law, University of Sao Paulo. In 2011, Lemos joined the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University as a visiting fellow. In July 2013, Lemos joined the MIT Media Lab as a visiting scholar. He is also the liaison to the director of the MIT Media Lab for Brazil.

Lemos works with the Brazilian federal government on the implementation of its free software program. Lemos also works with the Ministry of Culture on the implementation of its digital culture policy, and was appointed by the Ministry of Justice to its electronic commerce commission.

Lemos is a founder of Overmundo, for which he received the Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica in the category of digital communities.

Lemos founded the Center for Technology and Society at the Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) Law School in 2003, and was the director of the Center until 2013, succeeded by the former Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Nelson Jobim. He was a co-founder of the Fundação Getulio Vargas Law School in Rio de Janeiro in 2002.

Lemos worked in 1990s at the law firm Suchodolski Advogados Associados, practicing technology, telecommunications and corporate law. He also worked as professor of Sociology of Law at the University of Sao Paulo Law School and at the Brazilian Society for Public Law (SBDP).

He also worked from 2006 to 2009 as a curator for Tim Festival, a large music festival in Brazil. In 2011 he wrote and presented a series of documentaries for MTV Brasil focused on technology and policy issues, called Mod MTV.[12]

He was nominated in February 2012 as a member of the National Council for Fighting Piracy (CNCP), a federal government body coordinated by the Ministry of Justice in Brazil.

He was nominated on July 2012 as a member of the Council for Social Communication, a governmental body created by Article 224 of the Brazilian Constitution. The attributions of the Council include preparing studies, opinions, and recommendations to Congress regarding matters related to communication, media, and freedom of expression. The Council has 13 members. Lemos was appointed counselor by the Brazilian parliament, and his substitute is Juca Ferreira, Brazil's former Minister of Culture.[13]

Lemos writes weekly to Folha de S.Paulo, the largest national newspaper in Brazil, and contributes to a number of other publications, including Foreign Affairs,[14] Harper's Bazaar, and Bravo!. He also hosts a weekly TV show at Globonews, the biggest cable news channel in Brazil, called Navegador.

He is since 2010 a curator of the Itaú Cultural Encyclopedia on Art & Technology in Brazil.

Publications, interviews, and lectures[edit]

Ronaldo Lemos speaking at Prix Ars Electronica

Professor Lemos has published a number of articles, given public lectures and published four books, Comércio Eletrônico (2001), Conflitos sobre Nomes de Domínio e Outras Questões Jurídicas da Internet (2003), Direito, Tecnologia e Cultura (2005), and Tecnobrega: o Pará Reinventando o Negócio da Mùsica (2008),and Futuros Possiveis: Mídia, Cultura, Sociedade, Direitos (2012).[15][16]

The 2007 documentary "Good Copy Bad Copy" includes an interview with Lemos, in which he comments on the Brazilian Tecno brega industry and copyright.

Publicly available lectures from Lemos include:

  • Google Policy Talk: "Culture Production and Digital Inclusion in Developing Countries", November 2007[17]
  • "How is Creative Commons Different from iCommons?" 2007[18]
  • "TEDx Talk on music, technology, global peripheries, and internet regulation" 2009[19]


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