Thursday, September 21, 2017
Friday, September 15, 2017
MotivationIn this day and age of miracle electronics at unbelievable prices from overseas manufacturers, the terms copy, clone and counterfeit get used a lot. Some of these items are incredibly popular, meaning there's a lot of money to be made. Some are open source hardware designs, making the legal situation unusual.
People seem to use these terms for emotional loading that reflects their view of the ethics more than from any concern for consistency. I'd therefore like to propose a standard for usage of terms that cover the spectrum of possibilities.
I'll comment on the legal issues as well, but avoid the ethics except for the extreme case. And in each case, provide a little buying advice.