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São Paulo Legislative Assembly Passes OER Bill

Timothy Vollmer, December 21st, 2012

UPDATE: As of 15 February 2013 this bill has been vetoed by the Governor of the State of Sao Paulo.

Last year we wrote about the introduction of an OER bill in Brazil. Yesterday, the State of São Paulo approved PL 989/2011, which establishes a policy whereby educational resources developed or purchased with government funds must be made freely available to the public under an open copyright license. The Governor must sign the bill for it to become law. You can view the bill text (Portuguese) linked from the State Assembly website.

State-funded educational materials must be made available on the web or on a government portal. They must be licensed for free use, including copying, distribution, download and creation of derivative works, provided that the author retains attribution, the materials are used non-commercially, and the materials are licensed under the same license as the original. Essentially, the legislation language suggests a CC BY-NC-SA license, even if not specifically stated.

Congratulations to the State of São Paulo for passing this law. We’ve seen similar policies enacted in Poland, Canada, and the United States. PL 989/2011 will set a powerful positive precedent for other countries to follow, and São Paulo will be contributing to the worldwide movement to create a shared commons of high-quality Open Educational Resources.

For more information on these developments see the Recursos Educacionais Abertos site.

2 Responses to “São Paulo Legislative Assembly Passes OER Bill”

  1. Cable Green says:

    Congratulations Brazil! Well done, indeed.

  2. 谢 朝钦 says:

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    一个外星球的小兔子忽然降临地球,那么的新奇、陌生;2012年了为什么 bai du 都搜不到创用CC的词条呢?东西方国家文明差距是成在的!
    3.0这个版本真是苦命,病毒的侵扰、业界的剽窃、咨询无门、有关方面回避!我被人说是神经病!
    说道产权,还没发布就被我 Wiki 家子偷卖、改版买到国外了!还封承我的有关重要资料;
    后期,我心很凉,默默的做作我的贡献,比如:大数据、2网合并,有关知名企业升级等;但从未收取报酬,看到知识共享为人类所作出贡献,看到全球同胞无国界的享用科技资源
    ,我感到无限的欣慰,谢谢社区的朋友们的无私贡献!

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