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So suppose that the Arduino team now has a fancy logo, incorporated onto the solder-side silkscreen. Or suppose that Ninja Networks does a DefCon electronic party badge that has artistic graphics in several layers (copper, soldermask, silkscreen… (really cool, BTW.))
Is it legitimately “open source hardware” to distibute CAD files without that “additional, non-functional, artwork”, as an anti-piracy technique? I would think so; and it might even be a useful “standard” of branding (it should be easy enough to do within the design.) It wouldn’t prevent any of the good things (derivative designs, etc) that OSHW makes possible, and it wouldn’t even stop the determined pirate, or even the low-balling offshore manufacturer. It would just make it a bit harder for the particularly lazy and dishonest pirates to claim legitimacy…
@westfw – yes, you are correct. it’s open source hardware.
the logo and branding have nothing to do with the functionality of the device.
anyone can (and will) make an arduino clone and always they just cannot call it an arduino.
Will you have the Uno in the store?
If so will we be able to pre-order?
paul – yes. we will have a post about this shortly.