On Tuesday, the Plenary Assembly of the Senate rejected (12) changes introduced by the Chamber of Deputies to the bill extending the mandatory limit of Brazilian productions on pay television until 2038 (PL 3.696/2023). Now the project goes to the Presidency of the Republic for approval of the text that was initially approved by the Senate.

The article by Senator Randolfe Rodrigues (Rede-AP) received a positive opinion from Senator Humberto Costa (PT-PE) and was approved in the Senate within the Committee on Communications and Digital Rights (CCDD) at the end of 2013 August. Shortly afterwards it was sent to the House – where it was approved at the end of October. Because it was modified by MPs, the text had to be re-examined by the Senate.

— The quota is a mechanism that stimulates and encourages the production and distribution of various Brazilian audiovisual productions on pay channels, including series, television films and other programs, Humberto stressed at the plenary.

The Chamber included in the text an exemption from the new quota rule for small subscription channels and those with fewer than 150,000 subscribers. subscribers. The exhibition limit must be calculated annually by the Enforcement Branch and ended in September of that year. Senator Humberto said he recognized the merits of the amendment, but rejected the suggestion, saying that “this topic requires better debate, either as part of an autonomous project or in another issue that retains its proper thematic importance.”

DVD and Ancine

The project also extends the 2021 deadline for meeting the distribution limit for home video produced in Brazil. This amount was set in 2001, when the video rental market (VHS and/or DVD) still existed. Despite the renewal until 2043, the distribution market for this type of media has decreased due to streaming platforms (Netflix, Prime and others).

The approved text also requires the National Cinema Agency (Ancine) to suspend and cease the unauthorized use of protected Brazilian and foreign works. The new rules are expected to strengthen Ancine's role in combating audiovisual content piracy.

Pay TV limit

In his report, Humberto highlighted that the screen limit for pay TV programs was adopted in 2011, many years after the screen limit for cinemas was established. The rapporteur also noted that, according to Ancine, the obligation to distribute national content increased the number of programs on the Brazilian works market in 2012 by 100.6% compared to the previous year when the limit was set.

Based on information from Agência Câmara de Notícias

Agência Senado (reproduction authorized based on the quote from Agência Senado)

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