Pls forward this to all lists copied. I will answer calmly later. 

Since 2008, when I started the project in Brazil we have always pushed for the 
most flexible license - CC-BY, also to ensure the broadest interoperability 
with international OA and OER repositories and projects. But many in the 
academic community and among the politicians in Brazil fear the public content 
will be "privatized" after released as OER. I explained tons of time all the 
issues around this.... We even did a huge FAQ also with comments and explaining 
why we think NC is not the best choice...see
However, we could not get this time all we wanted. So, there is a preference - 
in the sao paulo city decree, the state bill and the federal bill, for for 
cc--by-nc-Sa (one of the most restrictive licenses of the CC spectrum), but 
folks CAN chose institutionally to chose less restrictive licenses. 


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On Feb 1, 2013, at 11:53 AM, Everton Zanella Alvarenga 
<> wrote:

> 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 <>).
> 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
> <> - 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.
> Best,
> Tom
> 2013/1/31 Peter Murray-Rust <>:
>> On Thu, Jan 31, 2013 at 11:48 PM, Rayna <> wrote:
>>> Dear all,
>>> I received this letter with an invitation to sign:
>>> For some background, please check out here:
>>> 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.
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> Everton Zanella Alvarenga (also Tom)
> OKFN Brasil - Rede pelo Conhecimento Livre
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