Godfrey asked me to to put in line a translation procedure for this page :
- So here is my request : that nvcworld project is based free software under GPL license, as Wikipedia and Ubuntu (for example).
I strongly support this request in general, because I find that free open source software is congruent with my understanding of NVC. Particularly that it can be freely shared by CNVC with groups and individuals doing NVC work everywhere. Also that the development process is transparent. Another aspect I like is that we would not be dependent on one company or consultant. I also like that the documents created by such software are generally easier to share with people around the world. I have been working to promote more use of open source software by CNVC. At the same time I'm aware that some people may have needs not met by open source and I want to be sure everyone's needs can be met. So I feel cautiously optimistic that we can have a shift toward more open source.
As you've probably seen in the CNVC IT page here on NVCwiki, we are exploring the use of open source Drupal and CivicSpace for a new CNVC platform. I'm not aware of any CNVC investment in NVCworld at this time, and I don't know if that is open source. My impression is that CNVC will soon be basing most of the IT system on open source applications. --John Wiley
- When I see a "copyright" on a document, it reminds me of the protection of a merchandise. A nice dead merchandise.
Are you sad that CNVC is using a process that you believe is in conflict with life? Are you curious what needs might be met by choosing copyright protection?
My impression from what others have said is that CNVC is trying to find diverse sources of continued income so that Marshall can reduce his exhausting travel schedule. One strategy is to increase revenues from material sales, and there is some concern that only copyright can protect this income source.
I'm wondering if one strategy might be for someone (you, for example) to create some pamphlets, recordings and books, and offer them for sale with the copyleft protection you envision. If that were to generate some income, my guess is that other products might be added to the list marketed in this way.
Thanks for sharing your passion about this. I hope some day we might meet.
John wrote :
- Are you sad that CNVC is using a process that you believe is in conflict with life?
Indeed. (I feel joyfull, now, to be understood :-)
- Are you curious what needs might be met by choosing copyright protection?
I guess the needs you pointed out are the ones the traditionnal copyright strategy is trying to meet.
- I'm wondering if one strategy might be for someone (you, for example) to create some pamphlets, recordings and books, and offer them for sale with the copyleft protection you envision. If that were to generate some income, my guess is that other products might be added to the list marketed in this way.
With some friends in Bordeaux, France, we made a DVD out of Marshall's conference there.
And we began (June 2005) a negociation with Anne Bourrit, Godfrey Spencer and Gary Baran, about how we could use BitTorrent technology make it worldwide available. You can have an example how it could look like on theses websites :
with my confidence,