[Discuss] Current status of USB VID/PID for open source hardware?

Andrew Stone stone at toastedcircuits.com
Sun Oct 20 23:47:24 UTC 2013

Squat on VID f055 (get it? :-)).  This will make this VID unassignable and
is actually better for the consortium than ppl choosing a random VID
because the other VIDs remain unused.  No one has the legal right to
control what bits you send over the wire... they can only control your use
of the usb logo. IANAL IANYL this is not legal advice blah blah...

  Use random pid and your driver can verify the product name string to
avoid any possible conflicts.
On Oct 20, 2013 5:52 PM, "Adam Fabio" <afabio at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Everyone,
> Disclosure - I'm a member of the open source hardware community, and also
> an author for Hackaday. I'm doing a bit of research for an article about
> USB VID/PID $5000 cost and open source hardware. Nick Johnson of a Arachnid
> Labs posted a blog entry about the issue recently, and the reception he
> received when asking the USB-IF about the issue was cold to say the least.
> http://www.arachnidlabs.com/blog/2013/10/18/usb-if-no-vid-for-open-source/
> I know the openMoko project here:
> http://wiki.openmoko.org/wiki/USB_Product_IDs is an option.
> Is OSHWA communicating with the USB-IF on this issue?  If so, what
> direction are they headed?
> Thanks,
> Adam Fabio
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