[Discuss] OSHW Best Practices / Layers of Openness

Pierce Nichols pierce at logos-electro.com
Thu Feb 28 17:09:05 UTC 2013


If OSHW is to be a trademark, we need to at least nastygram violators,
and perhaps even sue them.

-p

On Thu, Feb 28, 2013 at 3:58 AM, Tom Igoe <tom.igoe at gmail.com> wrote:
> On the subject of logo use and licensing, I agree with Marco that OSHW is a
> brand, and needs to be defended as such if it's going to gain any respect or
> authority. I think that means it needs a license with terms on what
> constitutes appropriate use. That doesn't mean the license has to be charged
> for in all cases, however.
>
> On Feb 27, 2013, at 11:54 AM, David A. Mellis wrote:
>
>> - How do I or will OSHWA approach a company who has the open source hw
>> logo on their boards but no files?
>
>
> This seems like something OSHWA should do, although I'm not sure what the
> best approach would be.
>
>
> What exactly should OSHWA do, though?  I'd say contact the company that's
> not in compliance and ask them to cease using the logo.
>
>
> On Feb 27, 2013, at 2:30 PM, Cameron Adamez wrote:
>
> What ramifications does this rigamarole have for individuals, hobbyists,
> students, artists, etc?
> Certifications are great but if using the logo means that you have to pay
> someone to use this, even OSHWA, it seems counter-intuitive.
>
> Also, does this mean that simply having schematics and CAD files on a
> website is not sufficient?
>
>
> This is a case where licensing a very nominal fee might be appropriate.
>
>
> On Feb 27, 2013, at 2:38 PM, Alicia Gibb wrote:
>
>> - Can I directly copy open source hardware (sans trademark), the oshw
>> definition says 'yes', but articles on oshw have a resounding 'no'.
>
>
> I think if we're really about being open, this should actually be okay -
> think of all the open source code that gets copied and pasted directly (with
> attribution of course).
>
>
>
> This would invalidate the trademark, I think, if OSHWA didn't defend it, but
> I could be wrong.  Wendy or someone with more legal experience should weigh
> in here.
>
>
>
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Pierce Nichols
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