Someone mentioned earlier, that the unicycling community lacks appropriate
material, such as books, videos and the like, this basically since it was too
expensive to produce to be economically interesting though there would be
demand for it.
Well, there maybe a solution. In this mail a basic concept is discussed to
combine the effort of a group of people to produce a book about unicycling
BasicIdea The basic idea of this concept follows the idea of the GNU General
Public License (GPL) as it is used by the Linux operating system. The idea is to
establish and maintain a group of people which contribute freely to a common
project, i. e. a book about some aspects of unicycling, which is publicly and
for free available under a license which allows anybody to modify, change, give
away or sell the product in any way these individual may like, whith the only
restriction that the one who gets it is granted the same privilege of modifying,
changing, giving away or selling it.
Goal The goal is to have bright, intelligent and motivated people to bring in
their special abilities, interests and knowledge, i. e. to write an article
about the technical aspects of Muniing, and to publish the combined version to
the free use of the whole community.
Elements There are four basic elements of this concept, these are the
contributor, the maintainer, the product and the license. The contributor and
the maintainer may be a single person or a group of people, the license and the
product are a result of human work. The contributor is someone who for example
writes an article for the product, i. e. an article about the Art of Collecting
and Maintaing Unicycles, or a person who delivers a service, i. e. providing a
layout for a book about unicycling. The maintainer is a person or a group of
people who collect, organize, maintain and put together the individual efforts.
The product is the combination of that collected individual efforts in an
approprate manner – that maybe the book about unicycling. The license finally is
the right to anyone interested to freely retrieve the product, alter it, give it
away or sell it, but makes sure that the altered product again can be altered,
given away or being sold.
Why is this cool? This idea can motivate people to produce something which is
good for everybody interested. The contributor can share his/her ideas with a
greater public, retrieve honor and respect for his contribution, get cool
insights in other people’s thougths and has the fun of being part in a great
project. The maintainer is some form, but an essential and important, of
contributor so he maybe motivated to do his part of the work in the same form as
a contributor. But even more. Since anybody can take and sell away to whatever
price he may think is appropriate he or she can economically profit from the
project. So for example someone with a unicycle store (and thus the
infrastructure to economically profit) may have and invest the resources to
finally print the whole product which before may only have existed
electronically and make it available to the public in a stylish and cool manner.
The community, i. e. the unicycling community, in whole finally may profit from
the great input of a bunch of bright, talented and motivated people with
knowledge which would be unaccessible from even the most engaged and
knowledge-rich individual and thus be of the greater better for all. Finally the
peer review process of publishing the contributions will lead to a great result.
The best example for this idea working is the great effort of the Linux people,
you may want to see www.linux.org, www.linux.com or any computer related
newspaper, magazine, TV show or web content for further information.
The Unicycling General Public License (UGPL), Version 0.59, 08th of March 2000 I
hereby declare this intellectual property as being under the Unicycling General
Public License (UGPL). I grant you the right to alter this document in any way
you like. You can delete, shorten or lengthen it in any way. You may give this
away, sell it or publish it in any way you like, but you have to make sure, that
any individual you give this property to is granted the same rights of deleting,
shortening, altering as you are granted by this license. Plus you have to make
sure, that anyone else gets your version including this license in a readable
manner. This license may be changed without prior notice. In any way every
change to this license will give you the same basic rights of altering, giving
away or selling but it may be changed to follow the changes of law. Disclaimer.
This is given away freely and comes with absolutely no warranty. Use, change or
give this away absolutely at your own risk.