Escritório Central de Arrecadação e Distribuição

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The Escritório Central de Arrecadação e Distribuição (also known as ECAD; can be translated as Central Bureau for Collection and Distribution[1]) is the national copyright collection agency in Brazil. It is made up of six partner organisations: BRAMUS, AMAR, SBACEM, SICAM, SOCINPRO and UBC, as well as associate member organisations ABRAC, ANACIM, ASSIM and SADEMBR.[2][3]

ECAD also produce a Radio Ranking of music based on radio airplay.[4]

Controversies[edit]

In 2012, fifteen officials were indicted after an investigation by the Brazilian Senate found that some at ECAD had allegedly taken money intended for artists and had engaged in price fixing.[5]

Ronaldo Lemos, an academic from Fundação Getúlio Vargas, has said he believes ECAD used legal pressure on their critics and described them as a "litigation machine". Lemos claimed that leaked documents from ECAD showed that they planned to sue him.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ecad Direitos Autorais :: Ecad". ecad.org.br. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  2. ^ ECADonomics Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine, PRS for Musi
  3. ^ Maristela Basso; Edson Beas Rodrigues Junior (2010). Intellectual Property Law in Brazil. Kluwer Law International. pp. 42–43. ISBN 978-90-411-3378-6.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-10-17. Retrieved 2013-11-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ a b Not just the pirates: Brazilian rights holders indicted for ripping off artists, Ars Technica