Intellectual Property (IP) and Use
At the same time, it is our intention to communicate those terms in a way that is effective and legally sound.
PatternDynamics™ is intellectual property (IP) comprised of (but not limited to) its Pattern diagrams and Charts, which are the trademarks of their creator James Timothy Winton, and its definitions, descriptions, examples and principles, which are copyright also of James Timothy Winton, their author.
You are authorized to use free download resources and materials posted on the official PatternDynamics web site (located at www.patterndynamics.com.au) in the spirit in which they are intended–as an Integral Sustainability Pattern Language for increasing understanding, communication and design in systems understandings of human sustainability and thriving–for personal not-for-profit purposes. For all other uses a license must be sought and secured. Click here to contact us re licensing.
Personal not-for-profit use means that you must be using it for both personal and not-for-profit uses at the same time. For instance, in your own personal blog you might want to post Pattern images and link back to Pattern descriptions on the PatternDynamics™ web site in order to explore some of the systems dynamics of a news or current affairs issue. That would be fine as long as your blog is not a profit making enterprise and you are using it as an individual and not as part of an organisation or its activities. Remember this authorization only applies to material posted to and free downloads from the official PatternDynamics™ website. If you are using PatternDynamics either in a for-profit situation, or as part of an initiative within an organisation, or you are using PatternDynamics™ IP from another source, then you need to secure a license via this website. This can be done in a number of ways and it’s probably much easier than you think.
When PatternDynamics™ is being used for personal and not-for-profit purposes, we refer to this as ‘informal use’. This allows PatternDynamics™ to be used as a publicly available language for communicating about systems and it allows for PatternDynamics™ to be shared by individuals or informal groups of individuals. No license is required in this case.
In any situation where PD or any of its resources are being used as part of the official activities of a named or incorporated organisation–for instance in organisational communications, strategic planning, as an organisational resource, or for any other purpose–then we deem this to be ‘formal use’ by an organisation and therefor no longer ‘personal’ use. Any use of PatternDynamics™ where anyone or any organisation is charging money in relation to the use of PD is deem to be for-profit use and therefor ‘formal use’. Any formal use of PatternDynamics™ requires a license.
We have made PatternDynamics™ free to use at the personal not-for-profit level of ‘informal use’ to create a global community resource. Having done that, we ask that you respect our claim to sole stewardship and ownership of PatternDynamics™ and its IP. This is so that we may exchange PatternDynamics™ IP outside the personal not-for-profit domain in order to secure the resources to enable its integrity and ongoing development in service of that global community resource.