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The Law of World Cup Brazil

On June 5th 2012, the President of the Republic of Brazil sanctioned, with vetoes, the Law nr. 12.663, the General Law of the World Cup in Brazil.

Read the commented version of the Law of the World Cup Brazil.

If you need a version without comments, check the Full Text of the General World Cup Law.

To read the official version of the Law in Portuguese, click here.

What is the General Law of the World Cup?

To FIFA, the World Cup is a business, which must generate profits.

For a country to be chosen to host a World Cup, the country must agree with several demands by FIFA (according to this note, the President of the Brazilian Confederation signed a 900 page document where the Federal Government and the Governments of the then 18 candidates to host cities agreed to FIFA's requirements), so that FIFA can be sure that the event will be profitful.
It may happen though (and it usually does), that the laws of the country don't give FIFA the certainty that their demands will be met.

Brazil was chosen in 2007 the host city of the World Cup 2014 and the Confederations Cup 2013.
FIFA understood that, among others, points like protection to trademarks, visa grantings and definition of liabilites were not sufficiently comprehensive or clear in Brazilian legislation.
The Law nr 12.663, the General Law of World Cup, was approved (not without disputes and controversies, see more information further below) to satisfy FIFA's requirements.

The version below, with comments made by a Brazilian familiar with the customs of the country, may help better understand the law.
Read this commented version of the Law of the World Cup Brazil.

If you need a version without comments, click to access the Full Text of the General World Cup Law.

Comments about the Law

The Law comprises 71 articles, divided in ten chapters, some of them sub-divided in sections.
Below, a brief description of each of the ten chapters, with direct links to each chapter.

»Chapter I. Preliminary Provisions. Articles 1 and 2.
»Chapter II. Protection of Commercial Rights. Articles 3 to 18.
      Section I. Special Protection to Trademarks Related to the World Cup Events.
      Section II. Areas of Special Commercial Restrictions.
      Section III. Restrictions to Capture and Broadcast of Sounds and Images.
      Section IV. Civil Sanctions.
»Chapter III. Visas and Work Permits. Articles 19 to 21.
»Chapter IV. Civil Liabilities of the Brazilian Government. Articles 22 to 24.
»Chapter V. Tickets. Articles 25 to 27.
»Chapter VI. Conditions to Enter and Stay in the Official Venues of Competition. Article 28.
»Chapter VII. Social Campaigns in the Events. Article 29.
»Chapter VIII. Criminal Provisions. Articles 30 to 36.
»Chapter IX. Permanent Provisions. Articles 37 to 50.
»Chapter X. Final Provisions. Articles 51 to 71.