Legal win for Brazil's biography publishing

Legal win for Brazil's biography publishing

Brazil’s Supreme Federal Court unanimously decided this week that the country’s privacy legislation cannot be used to block the publication of any biography that has not been expressly allowed by its subject, or his or her relatives. 

The decision, taken on Wednesday (10th June), followed a suit brought by Brazil’s National Book Editors Association (Associação Nacional de Editores de Livros, or ANEL) three years ago.  

The court's decision bans a restrictive interpretation of articles 20 and 21 of the country's civil code. The articles were drafted in 2002 and did not have any relation to...

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