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Reuters: Brazil Reshapes Debate on Intellectual Property

Feb 02, 2005, 19:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Terry Wade)

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"Brazil's president often gets criticized by his old leftist friends for being conservative at home. But globally he has reshaped the debate on intellectual property rights to reflect the needs of poor nations.

"In two years, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has forced the United Nations to change its global patent system, irked Microsoft Corp. by scorning its proprietary software, and annoyed recording studios by putting the music of his dreadlocked culture minister online for free..."

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