Makerbot’s Guide to Proper Attribution on Thingiverse #3DThursday #3DPrinting

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Incredibly important read from Makerbot via 3dprint.com:

Attribution is a condition of every CC license. We believe attribution is incredibly important because those who spend the energy and time to create all the amazing Things on Thingiverse deserve credit for offering their work to everyone. So what does proper attribution look like?

According to the Creative Commons-Attribution license (3.0), a licensee must, unless a licensor requests otherwise, keep intact all copyright notices and provide, in part, and “reasonably to the medium or means the [the licensee is] utilizing:” (i) the name of the author (or pseudonym, if applicable), (ii) the title of the work, if supplied; and (iii) the uniform resource identifier, if any, to the extent reasonably practicable. The actual license language is more comprehensive, and you may want to check the actual license to determine all the nuances. However, as you can see from the language above, the CC licenses take into consideration the medium the licensee is utilizing and whether the attribution is reasonable.

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  1. It should be noted that the Creative Commons license only covers the actual STL file you download from Thingiverse, so while you must provide attribution if you share or modify that file, once you’ve “interpreted” that pattern and created a physical object from the STL, that new object isn’t held by Creative Commons — it is your own work.

    More info on copyrights with patterns, digital files, etc: http://www.tabberone.com/

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