[Discuss] Attribution on physical hardware?

alicia amgibb at gmail.com
Thu Sep 17 00:38:40 UTC 2015

I attempted to answer some of the questions around attribution in Chapter 6
of Building Open Source Hardware. I attached it here (feel free to
distribute - it's cc-by-sa).

>From my perspective, it's great to advertise directly on the product, but
there are limits of what you can do in the physical world, with a physical
board footprint. If there's no room to list attribution, I think the next
best thing is the product page, and always in the README file in addition
to the board / website. That is where when in doubt people will look for
licensing and any specifications to the license being made, such as
requirements to advertise on the product.

On Wed, Sep 9, 2015 at 2:29 PM, Ben Gray <ben at mearm.io> wrote:

> I've always taken Adafruit's text as that (for example)
> "PCB files for the Adafruit Particle/Spark Neopixel Ring
> For more details, check out the product page at
>    - https://www.adafruit.com/product/2268
> Adafruit invests time and resources providing this open source design,
> please support Adafruit and open-source hardware by purchasing products
> from Adafruit!
> Designed by Adafruit Industries. Creative Commons Attribution, Share-Alike
> license, check license.txt for more information All text above must be
> included in any redistribution"
> If that's how it's meant I don't know.
> I tend to put attributions on physical products anyway. Like on this
> http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:167194 Otherwise when is it going to be
> read?
> Best Regards,
> Ben Gray
> blog.mearm.io
> @MeArmIO <https://twitter.com/MeArmIO>
> @phenoptix <https://twitter.com/phenoptix>
> On 9 September 2015 at 21:16, Drew Fustini <pdp7pdp7 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> oops, adding a Subject:
>> On Wed, Sep 9, 2015 at 3:15 PM, Drew Fustini <pdp7pdp7 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> > I was just reading this thread on the arm-netbook mailing list:
>> >
>> >   [Arm-netbook] How much to design A20 board?
>> >
>> http://lists.phcomp.co.uk/pipermail/arm-netbook/2015-September/010660.html
>> >
>> > and came across this viewpoint:
>> >
>> >   "attribution clauses require you to advertise *on the product*."
>> >
>> > I've never considered that before.  Anyone have thoughts about if the
>> > physical piece of hardware based on CC-BY-SA designs needs to have
>> > attribution inscribed on it?
>> >
>> > thanks,
>> > drew
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Alicia Gibb
CEO, Lunchbox Electronics <http://www.lunchboxelectronics.com/>
Executive Director, Open Source Hardware Association <http://www.oshwa.org/>
Director, Blow Things Up Lab <http://www.btulab.com/>
Author, Building Open Source Hardware

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