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<HTML><BODY BGCOLOR=#FFFFFF>When I was following a workshop on making Compressed Earth Blocks in India I received a
training manual. And on the first page it said:
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<FONT COLOR="#000000" SIZE=2 FACE="Times New Roman"> Humanity as a whole
No rights reserved!
All parts of this publication may be reproduced,
by any means, without the written permission of the author.
Feel free to disseminate anywhere this information.
<FONT COLOR="#000000" SIZE=3 FACE="Times New Roman">That got me thinking...
And then there is Linux, the Operating System that is giving headaches to the richest man on
the planet, Bill Gates. A stable OS that is created by many and free of charge!
A wonderful book like 'The Straw Bale House' is a valuable piece of work. But for an Indian
architect to buy a book in this price-range, printed in the US, it would represent about one
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<FONT COLOR="#000000" SIZE=3 FACE="Times New Roman"> of his/her monthly salary.
You get the point; in order to share our knowledge, on SB and other sustainable living
methods, far and wide we need a medium that is easily available, and therefor cheap and
easy to disseminate. (Don't get me wrong, I too love workshops, but they are not the only
Internet, like in the form of this mailing list and various websites is becoming such a medium.
But although the web is arriving at some surprisingly remote places, it has certain limits.
-It needs a (telephone) connection.
-Difficult if not impossible (Flash) to copy.
-Online-time is money.
-Because downloading big files takes time photo's and graphical info are more or less
avoided on the web. Which is a shame since drawings/pictures and video can often transmit
information more clearly and circumvent the language barrier as well.
-Web pages can be changed, moved or even worse gone, next time you want to check
-The web is BIG, "where was it again that I saw that article?"
<I>And then there are CD-roms
</I>-Can easily and cheaply be copied.
-No time constraint.
-Enough disk space for lots of photos, drawings and video.
-The Disk is owned, so no worries of webmasters taking away the content you appreciate.
-A CD is limited (maybe to a certain topic) and I'm confident we can find search engines to
scan the disk (even inside the text documents).
For instance to find info on living roofs. I search inside the documents for these words.
<I>Well, I could go on for a long time since this idea has been brewing in my head for a
while now. I've discussed it with quite a few and the main questions they ask are:
<I>How are you going to market (make a living out of) this CD?
</I>The point is, I'm <B>not!
</B>Like Linux software anybody would be allowed to copy and sell the CD thus making some
money, but I feel it is key that <B>nobody </B>would be able to stake a claim on this project.
Read the GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE (pasted under this message) under which
Linux is distributed if you want to know more about this in detail.
<I>How will you obtain material to publish?
</I>Besides sharing our own info, I believe people will share parts of their expertise with a
project like this.
<I>Why would someone share their work like this?
</I>-Those really passioned about their work usually like to share it in many ways. Just like Linux
was, and still is, build by many who believe this is a valuable way to work together.
-Those with a more 'marketing type of mind' could see it as free publicity. A way to show
their expertise in a certain field.
<I>Would the author keep his/her copyright?
</I>The author would always be allowed to use his/her work any way the author sees fit.
All others would also be allowed to use, copy and add on to all material on the CD-rom, but
it would under no circumstance be possible to claim copyright. Also (again similar to Linux)
every copy or changed version would need to be accompanied by the copyright statement
(similar to the GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE) so that those who receive it know it is 'open'
information. And those who who make changes to the CD-rom would need to mark in a
specific document what was changed on the CD-rom.
<I>But this will be a lot of work, no?
</I>That depends. I thought of starting out by just using websites that are already out there. The
author has no extra work and will receive more exposure. Also we could integrate collected
documents (and maybe the Crest SB archives?).
At a later point we could try to reach a more sophisticated level.
<I>If you would have a budget for this project, what would you use it for?
</I>Pay (myself? as) a part time editor/webmaster to make the CD-roms.
Maybe buying certain material to publish, like older editions of The Last Straw.
<I>How would you obtain a budget?
-</I>On the CD-rom we could ask donations, for a Non Profit Organization handling this project.
-Sales of the CD-rom.
-Fundraising by the Non Profit Organization.
<I>Which Non Profit Organization?
</I>To me it looks like this would fit perfectly with Builders Without Borders. But if need be we
will start our own.
Below I have added the complete copyright statement that goes with Linux software for
those who find it of interest. (making this the longest email I've ever sent ;-)
Let me know what you think about the project,
Andre de Bouter
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