January 21, 2022

Brazil Adopts Open Licensing in National Textbook Program, Requirement Will Begin in 2019

From Nicole Allen at SPARC:

Brazil’s Programa Nacional do Livro Didático (PNLD) is one of the largest national textbook programs in the world. Each year, the program procures curricula for a set of primary or secondary school subjects, including textbooks and digital supplemental resources for teachers. In 2017, PNLD spent R $1.3 billion (approximately US $400 million) to purchase more than 150 million textbooks for nearly 30 million students.

Starting in 2019, the program will for the first time incorporate an open licensing requirement. The PNLD 2019 call for proposals, released last month, requires that publishers license the set of digital supplemental resources that come with textbooks—including lesson plans, graphic material, and assessments—under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial (CC BY-NC) license. Publishers also are given the option to negotiate a purchase price for the copyright of the full textbook, so that the Ministry of Education can make the book available under CC BY-NC as well.

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