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How Open Source Hardware is Kick-Starting Kickstar

ptorrone (638660) writes | about 3 years ago

Open Source 2

ptorrone writes "Imagine waking up and seeing your design for a circuit being used in a product by someone who never contacted you to ask if it was okay. You will not get any payment for their usage of your design, they’ve raised over $31,000 dollars, and they’re selling something you worked really hard on. You have no control over what someone does with something you made. Is this a nightmare? Perhaps for some, but this is actually a dream come true for others who do open-source hardware. MAKE magazine profiles a maker using open-source hardware for his now-funded project and how many are using open hardware for their works."
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I love kickstarter :) (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37783966)

It would only be a nightmare if they used your design and the license said permission is required. Otherwise it would be exactly what you wanted.

It can still be an open design while disallowing sale without permission. This would allow a hobbyist to build or improve the design but prevent a company from mass producing without your consent. Which is more than fair. Or if you don't wish to ever make money from it, release it as public domain or oshw. Typically the kickstarter projects are open design because it's a nice return to the "investors" or at a minimum it's proof of a working design.

Copyrights do work! (1)

kodiaktau (2351664) | about 3 years ago | (#37794428)

This is a perfect solution and shows that copyrights do work and intellectual property can be held and shared. Open Source [] has never been about 'free beer' it is about freely sharing knowledge. I think the same is true of copyright [] - it isn't about 'free beer' but more about free exchange of knowledge and to protect investments. If you choose to put something into the wild but retain control of the core to improvement, then you still 'own' the idea. If someone takes the idea and improves on it by recombining other products or services then it helps everyone become better. This isn't about capitalism, but about entrepreneurial spirit and sharing solutions; improving or enhancing our society. Add that to the idea of someone helping to fund through a micro VC solution like Kickstarter [] makes it all the better. Now more people are helping to elevate good ideas - putting their money where their mouth is, as it were.
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