WHAT IS THE MISSION?
Ultramundum Foundation has the mission to carry on the project with the same name, to
spread all over the world the ultravision service, the
three-dimensional television through Internet.
We think that, as it is explained in the book of Ultramundum, this will start new
products, new ideas, new possibilities for experiences in digital worlds of all kinds; as
we often say, the future will be wonderful.
HOW RELATES ULTRAMUNDUM TO ULTRAPEG?
Ultramundum is the full project for the diffusion of Ultravision,
UltraPeg is the technology at the base of the service. More
or less like the DVD delivers movies on a disk and laser technology is used to read those
IF ULTRAMUNDUM IS SO INTERESTING, WHY IS
IT NOT CARRIED ON BY SOME LARGE AND POWERFUL COMPANY?
large companies are profit. No company would spend great resources to develop a new
technology and then give it away for free. On the other hand, Internet was born in this
way, and that's why it is own by nobody.
Large videogames, movies and 3D software companies do not share any of their assets with
anybody; on the contrary, they sue whoever uses even small parts of their works. Try to
use, if you find it, the 3D model of Shrek for a movie of your own. Try to create a
digital world with some parts of a videogame to do with it as you wish, even sell it if
you want. Try to use, if you find it, the model of some monument on-line, even made by
They are all copyrighted, even those made by
Nobody gives away anything for free, isn't it? So
mankind progress is slow. Nobody shares anything with the others and so even powerful
companies are weak. We, anyway, are not against copyrighted works, we respect this as well
as any other law.
Put simply, we think it is time to work togheter
to produce new contents, that is the only way to allow us and anybody else to use, if we
need it, the 3D model of the Coliseum, of animated characters, of chemical models, of the
entire universe. We want to start a new model, working togheter, sharing and nontheless
earning all the money wanted.
Maybe we are dreamers, but hope to became many
more and build togheter a better world with new, joyful "mass construction
WHAT IS "DIGITAL
in 1500 Italy was the engine of the new cultural, artistic and scientifical flourishing
after the medieval age. Many think that the new book printing technology was the event
that made ideas and cultural contents spread all over the world. The books were no longer
exclusively owned by rich people, they became accessibe and printable by almost all. This
made ideas circulate and new informations and technologies spread everywhere.
Today we are at the edge of a new revolution of this type, thank to software technologies.
Internet was only the start. We think that a technology like UltraPeg, allowing everybody
to create not pages, but WORLDS where people from all the planet can enter to then show
them new ideas, projects and adventures, will see the explosion of access to digital
contents. Today many people like more the television than the web and this should not
sound strange. Pages of text, slowly downloaded, cannot compete with animated, stimulating
transmissions completed by exciting audio traks. Ultramundum, by putting togheter the best
of the two worlds and making it accessible for developers as well as normal users, will
make this new medium explode, starting, we hope, once again the new Digital Renaissance.
ONE DAY WILL YOU SELL EVERYTHING TO
in the software technologies field this is a common thing. Somebody starts a comapny,
makes it grow and became interesting just to sell it to some large organization and retire
with millions of dollars.
Ultramundum is a Foundation, not a company. It cannot be sold. And mosto of all, there is
no need to buy us to use our technologies.
IF I SPONSOR SOME ELEMENT, WHERE DO MY
to buy goods and tools to produce it and as a small payment to those working on it. May of
those that work with us are not students and cannot live only on their enthusiasm. To be
present in may fairs and events, as well as holding free courses, is costly. Remember that
the Foundation is no-profit. So no profit is distributed to anybody.
ULTRAMUNDUM IS FREE TO USE?
this project is very near to the Open Source model, but it proposes a business model too,
a thing not clear in the open source. We think it is right to ask for a royalty if
somebody, using the Foundation technologies and contents, genrates profits. This small
royalty should not go to the Foundation, but to the authors of the contents used.
A specific licence is under development. If somebody uses the Foundation technologies and
contents for no-profit activities (personal use, academic or experimental) has nothing to
pay. If someone produces incomes (for instance by producing a revolutionary videogame,
developed in one tenth of the time and cost of the standard model), five percent of that
income must be paid to the Foundation that than shares it among the creators of the
contents used in the product.
This is not like other licencing schemes, there is nothing to sign, nor are requested
written permission, everything is simple and automatic.
CAN I EARN MONEY FROM THIS PROJECT?
of course. We are defining a licence to suport the business model. The idea is that if
someone produces incomes (for instance by producing a revolutionary videogame, developed
in one tenth of the time and cost of the standard model), five percent of that income must
be paid to the Foundation that than shares it among the creators of the contents used in
the product. So if you develop new Tabulae, you will get a share of the five percent
royalty paid by anybody using them.
WHAT IF I DON'T CARE ABOUT MONEY?
you can freely use the contents and technologies of the Foundation for any (legal) project
that is no-profit. In this way money will not be involved in any point of the process.
HOW DO YOU PROTECT THE COPYRIGHT?
Foundation wants to produce the most of the Tabulae as open source. Nonetheless, we can
not ask to copyright holders to be as open as we are. Ultramundum supports the possibility
to have non open source Tabulae and even Tabulae not usabe outside specific ultravision
channels, even if we try to limit this solution.
ARE THERE LIMITS?
only those of the local and international law. Ultramundum must be open and accessible,
being anybody an user or a developer.
WHAT IS UltraPort?
UltraPort is the client part of the whole client-server system allowing any user
interactive exploration in ultravision of Ultramundum channels.
UltraPort is the free software distributed by the Foundation to explore ultravision
channels. It is similar to a browser like Microsoft Internet Explorer, Netscape or
Mozilla, but it is more a small operating system like Windows or Linux than a program like
Mozilla. We call it an "explorating system", equivalent to an operating system
but aimed only to the exploration of interactive three-dimensional worlds.
WHY UltraPort IS NOT OPEN SOURCE?
UltraPort is free software. It means you can redistribute and use it for any (legal)
purpose. We cannod distribute its source code because there are proprietary parts for the
3D engine that cannot be distributed with any open source licence. maybe this situation
will change in future, but today we cannot do otherwise. Many people ask us why we did not
use some open source 3D engine: simply, we did not find any product suitable for the
particural needs of UltraPort. All other tools and contents produced by the Foundation are
WHY SOME PROJECTS CANNOT BE DOWNLOADED?
the Foundation insists that all produced data became public, but when a sponsor asks to
use exclusively the product he founded, usually we try to find a compromise. Normally the
solution is to give the product to the sponsor for exclusive use for a specific period of
time, varying from months to years, and then let it became public. In this way, many
public organizations can use the powerful media products produced with UltraPeg until they
are new and then let everybody use them after they have got all the results seeked in the
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