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Brazil Court Means Business With YouTube: Orders all Telcos to Block

Reuters News Wire (
Tue, 09 Jan 2007 00:19:00 -0600

Phone companies in Brazil blocking YouTube

Telecommunications companies in Brazil began blocking access to
YouTube on Monday after a Brazilian model sued to get the popular
video sharing service to remove footage of her having sex from its Web

Last week, a court in Sao Paulo state ordered phone companies that
provide Internet service in Brazil to block YouTube until it removed
the video.

Daniela Cicarelli, a model and ex-wife of soccer star Ronaldo, and her
boyfriend, Renato Malzoni Filho, sued YouTube and demanded $116,00 in
damages for each day the video, which apparently showed them having
sex on a Spanish beach, remained on the Web site (

Anyone can post video on YouTube, a unit of Internet search engine
Google Inc. Americans can see the shows; Brazillians cannot.

The case dragged on for several months before they filed a third
lawsuit in December requesting that YouTube be shut down as long as
the video is available to users.

The court noted that "American courts do not have the courtesy to
cooperate with our simple request, but YouTube will not be seen here
in Brazil ... as long as the illegal video remains available ... that
is our ruling. "

Brasil Telecom said it had blocked Brazilians from seeing the YouTube
site. The sex video had been the most widely viewed in Latin America's
biggest country for days.

Embratel Participacoes, Brazil's leading long distance telephone
company, said it was analyzing the technical details of the legal ruling
with a view to complying.

Spain's Telefonica said it would obey the court's ruling.

Neither Google, nor the lawyer for Cicarelli and Malzoni Filho were
immediately available for comment.

Copyright 2007 Reuters Limited.

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