Brazilian writer Vanessa de Oliveira undressed at the International Book Biennial of São Paulo calling for tougher laws against piracy, respect for copyright, and demanding that Brazilian authorities reduce taxes on books and culture (warning: nudity).
Vanessa de Oliveira used to work as a call-girl, but abandoned prostitution a few years ago to take on a literary career. She has already published five books and is absolutely passionate in her campaign in support of more severe copyright legislation and in her protests against book piracy.
Folha de São Paulo reports (in Portuguese) that at a ceremony at the International Book Biennial of São Paulo, during the presentation of her latest book entitled "Psicopatas do Coração" (Psychopaths of the heart), De Oliveira appeared nude and her body painted with messages against book piracy. De Oliveira claims that her literary works have been written as "motivational self-help books", based mostly on her life experience by having had sex with no less of 5,000 men. Other titles in Ms. de Oliveira's literary production are “100 Secrets of a Lady in Waiting” and “If He Cheats On You, It’s Your Problem”.
During the book presentation ceremony, the author called for tougher laws against piracy ensuring respect for copyright, and demanded that the Brazilian authorities reduce the taxes applied to culture.
This is not the first time de Oliveira has shown her repulsion for book piracy. She held a similar demonstration in Lima last month. She was visiting the city and discovered that pirated copies of her books "The Diary of Marise - The real life of a prostitute" and "Seducing clients – The sexy side of Marketing", which are sort of her biographic memoirs, were sold on the streets.
She became irate and protested by undressing in the main square of Lima, opposite Peru’s Government Palace, calling for tightening of Peruvian laws protecting copyright.
Now she is planning to take her books, and her campaign against piracy, to the upcoming International Book Fair in Guadalajara, Mexico (24 November - 02 December 2012). De Oliveira says that she will continue her nude protests until the police stops her.