I DO think that brazilian legislators are as corrupt as they were 10 years ago (2003) or 15 years ago (1998).
They will sell themselves so they can have their own Apple iPhones without having to struggle into "popular prices shoppings"
And Brazil IS still a "Banana Republic". Do you really think that rich people will ever be arrested for driving drunk?
If Apple buys Grandiente it will be a win-win situation.
Gradiente was a recognizable brand in Brazil until early 2000's. It has licensed products from Sony, Pioneer, Alpine, JVC, Nokia, Atari, Nintendo in Brazil, including Nokia 7110 (The Matrix Cellphone). This caused a very good impression on the quality of their products
On middle 2000's Gradiente went into bankrupt. The brand was sold and the new owner has put it on hold until now.
IMO Grandiente don't have a bright future ahead. Their only chance is to sell the company, or only the brand iPhone, to Apple, and hope to license other brands again.
Although brazilians laws can be compared to most developed countries in world the execution is rarely satisfactory.
Suing a company such as Apple could take up to 10 years, and the value will be not much higher then the cost of the fake iPhone.
I think you should read that article closer. Revenue was up significantly. User base was up significantly. The losses were attributed to one time expenses related to their IPO.
Are we back to 1999?
Also in 2009 Zynga was sued for Copyright infringement, this time the settlement was filled by Psycho Monkey, due to the game Mafia Wars.
It seems that there is something very supicious happening with Zynga.
3000 books * 1% = 30 books
So you have read 2970 books so far... considering you sleep 8 hours/day and work, and food, and bathroom... you probably had spent 4 hours/day reading...
And then you probably...
But the most important reason: Considerable tax reduction (as translated by Google Translate)
There is something you all need to know about Brasil (do you prefer New York or Nova Iorque?), and I can tell, I'm not any proud of it.
The congress can aprove whatever law they want in Brasil, even DMCA-like, which I think it's very unlikely. Once aproved there are no grantees that the law will be respected.
Many laws in Brasil exists only on paper, and has't any kind of regulation nor enforcement. People simply ignore them, and even police, or official fiscalization, does nothing about it, the law is completely ignored by all sectors of society.
For example. Rip a CD or a DVD is not legal in Brasil. But everybody does it, and nothing is done about it. I have discovered about this a couple of month ago.
Another example. It's not legal to sell pirated CDs or DVDs. But in any city, even the smaller ones, it's possible to buy illegal copied CDs and DVDs for as much as US$ 2,50 each movie, US$ 1,50 each CD. It's very easy to buy a XBox 360 game for US$ 10. And as easy as find someone selling this CDs and DVDs on streets is to find a policeman buying from them.
This kind of attitude is not only found in copyrighted material. It's easy for a minor to buy alcoholic beverages or cigars.
So, the congress can even aprove a DRM-like legislation, but it will certainly not leave the paper. USA hungry for copyright protection will be pleased, but the society will ignore the law and thigs will remain the same as they are today.
Try to discuss something more practical about Brasil.
How much do you pay for broadband a month?
In Sao Paulo we pay about US$ 45/mo for a 3 Mbps link, and about US$ 60/mo for a 6 Mbps. But the ISP only garantees 10% of the contracted link. Another problem is that in many cities there is only one option, so the maximum link is 1 Mbps, and the price is about US$ 35/mo. For each of these options we always pay 40% in taxes. Note that all prices already have taxes included.