Why is WikiSeat Open Source?


WikiSeat is licensed under a Creative Commons BY-SA license. What is that, and what does it mean for you?

A Creative Commons license is a way of sharing ideas and things with the world. The WikiSeat Catalyst has a CC-BY-SA license which, in Creative Commons’ own words, means:

“This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work even for commercial purposes, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms. This license is often compared to “copyleft” free and open source software licenses. All new works based on yours will carry the same license, so any derivatives will also allow commercial use. This is the license used by Wikipedia, and is recommended for materials that would benefit from incorporating content from Wikipedia and similarly licensed projects.”

Creative Commons licenses are sometimes described as being “Open Source”, open source means that the way a thing is built, or developed, that is the blueprints for that thing, are available to be publicly remastered, adjusted, and seen in general. Open source is also more than just access to the blueprints of a thing, (or idea!), but is also a culture. Open source culture is geared towards taking this philosophy of openness and sharing to all parts of our life. Car sharing and co-working, libraries, public hospitals and public schools can all be said to be a part of the Open Source Culture ethos.
When more people freely share what they are making with each other, we see a more diverse set of innovative inventions come out of that culture. No renaissance is possible without the free sharing of information between one group or individual to the next. By supporting creative commons licensing, and open source culture, we are supporting a renaissance of the 21st century, and into the future even!

Why is WikiSeat Open Source?

WikiSeat is open source for many reasons, but the main one is that we want people to use this project. The best way to get that to happen is by allowing people access to it’s blueprints, for free, to anybody or any reason. Even commercially! Any welder is allowed to make Catalysts and earn a fair wage.

What do you ask for in return when people use the Catalyst, or other WikiSeat related things?

If you, or anyone, uses the project, remixes it or whatever, we ask that they mention us when they describe or share that new creation. Think of it as “credit to, where credit’s due”. It makes us feel warm and fuzzy inside to know that people are using our project for new ideas!

How can I remix with WikiSeat?

Remixing is sort of like making mashups with different songs, in fact that’s exactly what remixing is. Ever listened to a remix of a favorite song? WikiSeat is like that, but with physical things! You can make your own Catalysts, change the core design of the catalysts, to have four legs, or be made out of a different material, or maybe your catalyst is the foundation for something completely different! Whatever your heart desires. We share our idea with you, you create something cool, and then share that with the world in turn. It’s like a continuum of sharing!

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