Ryan H wrote:
If permaculture will save the planet then learning how to practice it will have to be available to all, specifically the PDC courses.
I can think of two online PDC course that are half the price of a live one.
I haven't done a PDC, and I'm still unclear about whether it's sufficient to teach from.
As for the copyright:
The word permaculture is copyrighted and owned by the total number of people with a PDC. From the preface of the Designer's Manual: "Permaculture's copyright is vested in the Permaculture Institutes and their College of Graduates, and is guarded by them for the purposes of consistent education." That's the real reason it's copyrighted.
paul wheaton wrote:
However, a lot of that community believes that using that word without having taken a PDC is a violation of something-or-nuther and generally considered icky.
H Ludi Tyler wrote:
I feel sad that a lot of people in the permaculture community want to make the word "permaculture" off-limits to more people, not more accessible to more people. That kind of artificial roadblock seems to be inhibiting the spread of permaculture, if people who aren't doing anything wrong are seen as trying to "get away" with something, in my opinion.
I think the point of trademark/copyright is legally debatable. Further, I think if it were tested in court, the results would depend greatly on the quality of the laywers and the mood of the judge. (I major element to consider is "natural" trademark, which does have legal weight)
Ryan H wrote:
A $350 PDC that we put a lot of work into is exactly what I think could work well.
Ryan H wrote: If permaculture will save the planet then learning how to practice it will have to be available to all, specifically the PDC courses.