Escritório Central de Arrecadação e Distribuição
The Escritório Central de Arrecadação e Distribuição (also known as ECAD; can be translated as Central Bureau for Collection and Distribution) 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.
ECAD also produce a Radio Ranking of music based on radio airplay.
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.
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.
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- ECADonomics Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine, PRS for Musi
- Maristela Basso; Edson Beas Rodrigues Junior (2010). Intellectual Property Law in Brazil. Kluwer Law International. pp. 42–43. ISBN 978-90-411-3378-6.
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- Not just the pirates: Brazilian rights holders indicted for ripping off artists, Ars Technica
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