Hi all. (Cc-ing REA Brasil mainling list, Wikimedia Brasil and OKFN Brasil)

Well, as fas as I understood, these educational contents will have the
non commertial (NC) restriction. I must tell politically it is a good
progress if the bill is sanctioned, since this is a bill for the
reachest state of Brazil, but it would be awesome without this
restriction. This bill was put forward by people like Carolina Rossini
and Bianca Santana, my friends who lead open educational resources
initiatives in Brazil (see here <http://rea.net.br/>).

I congrat them for the good efforts put to this happen and I am unsure
to sign it, even being my friends, so comments are very welcome. In
São Paulo city, the richest in South America, they have created a
similar law for the educational content produced with public money,
but again with the NC restriction. Small cities around São Paulo has
already been using this content for their schools, if I remember some
news I read a while ago. And this is *really* good.

My feeling sometimes is that people fear to suggest to remove the NC
restriction when advocating a more open license, even when dealing
with public money (does the State fear people to start their own
business and improve the local economy? :/) I think we should not fear
this and we need to argue why NC is closed, why NC is bad. As an
example, once it was pretty easy to convince a person working in the
secretary of education of Rio de Janeiro - I went trying to partner
with them using Wikimedia hat. When I told this person their content
could not be used on Wikimedia projects because of the NC restriction,
he decided to change, it was the easiest conversation ever  (see here
<http://www.educopedia.com.br/> - some contents were still with the
NC, but the main page changed and I hope the new content as well).

I wonder if we have a law that doesn't allow commertial, but is less
restricted than the traditional all rights reserved, will be more
difficult change. I don't think so. So we should consider our position
in this case, a very important one in Latin America.



2013/1/31 Peter Murray-Rust <pm...@cam.ac.uk>:
> On Thu, Jan 31, 2013 at 11:48 PM, Rayna <rayna...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Dear all,
>> I received this letter with an invitation to sign:
>> https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SAJkDvdNWbXwSUyLJhb2qZ395S8UZVj3UMk1Xp8zqXs/edit#
>> For some background, please check out here:
>> http://rea.net.br/site/sao-paulo-legislative-assembly-passes-9892011-oer-bill/
>> I'm not sure whether this is something OKFN as an organization should
>> sign, but in any case it is a very nice achievement and I believe it
>> deserves our names :)
> It contains the terms "Open" and "Creative Commons" . Some uses of these are
> compliant with OKF, others are not.

Everton Zanella Alvarenga (also Tom)
OKFN Brasil - Rede pelo Conhecimento Livre

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