Articles Tagged with Mexico

Last week, the Mexican Senate passed a resolution asking the President not to sign ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. With this resolution, the Mexican Senate is the first in the world to reject this treaty that has been pushed in several countries under different names, such as “Ley Sinde” in Spain and “Ley Lleras” in Colombia and many others. This proposal was approved unanimously by all members of the Senate’s Defense, National Security and Education commissions.

After six months of consultations with the community, industry and authors, the Senate decided to reject ACTA because the treaty could criminalize the transmission of documents, books or songs over the Internet. The Senate committees were concerned that such treatment could impede society’s access to information and culture.

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In Mexico, a common line of thought is that projects funded with government money must be a public good. However, Mexican copyright laws challenged this perception after the government-funded Enciclomedia project failed due to fuzzy contracts, political conflicts and a lack of infrastructure.

Initially, the goal of Enciclomedia was to incorporate content from several different government educational programs and Microsoft Encarta into an educational multimedia resource for Mexican public schools. After the project closed, an ex-developer on the Enciclomedia team created Encicloabierta, which published the Enciclomedia content online.

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Justia has launched a new legal portal for Mexico!

Justia Mexico provides legal information and resources for lawyers and consumers in Mexico. In keeping with Justia’s mission, these resources are all free, open, and shared.

The Justia Mexico portal provides access to Mexican Federal and State laws, including the Constitution of the United Mexican States, Codes, Laws, and Regulations.  The site also hosts legal information about the 32 Mexican States including State Constitutions, Codes, and additional government resources, such as demographic information. Justia Mexico allows pinpoint citations to the state codes. Currently, the Government only provides one PDF file for all of the laws in Mexico. Justia programmers have extracted the information from this PDF and broken it up into HTML text on our site. Now, users can quickly find and cite the specific section of code they need.

¡Justia ha lanzado un nuevo portal para México!

Justia México es un sitio web de recursos legales diseñado especialmente para los interesados en la legislación mexicana. Ofrece toda la legislación federal como la constitución, códigos, leyes, reglamentos entre otros documentos. También cuenta con recursos legales de nivel estatal, como las constituciones estatales, leyes y códigos, así como información estadística de cada entidad y links de interés hacia sitios gubernamentales.

Lo que hace al sitio de Justia México diferente de otros sitios, incluso los mismos sitios de gobierno, es la capacidad de navegar entre las leyes sin necesidad de descargar todo un archivo PDF. Esto es particularmente útil para investigaciones, o mejor aún para citar partes de la ley en blogs u otras paginas web, cosa que antes era imposible. Previo al trabajo realizado por Justia Mexico, la única forma consistía en hacer referencia al archivo de la ley completo (en formato PDF), en lugar de ir directo al punto del que se quiere hablar  con un link directo al artículo o sección de la ley.