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What is the definition of commercial use?

Posted: Mon Jun 24, 2019 10:17 am
by sety
Hi All,

I want to build a SCSI to SD card adapter for my NeXT Station. It's designed by someone else and free on GitHub. I face the usual problem; I only want one but it's more economical (and mostly not a choice) to get 10 of everything.

The designer's readme.md clearly states that commercial use is strictly prohibited, and I don't want to violate that condition. I'd like to contact the designer but I can't find any contact information.

Am I doing any harm if I pass my surplus on (including fab PCB perhaps as a short form kit) to recover some of my costs?

Kind regards,
Stuart

Re: What is the definition of commercial use?

Posted: Mon Jun 24, 2019 11:46 am
by exxos
Commercial is normally that you can build any many as you want (but may be limits of less than 5 for example) for personal use only. If something is built, such as 10 of them or more, and being sold for a profit, then that would be commercial.

I do see that you are in a bit of a "grey area" with all this, since you can't contact the developer and I assume he hasn't posted clear guidelines on whats permitted and what isn't. I would assume passing on your spare PCBs to others, either for free, or to recover costs would be fine if its only like 10 or less boards. Gettin 50+ pcbs mades and passing them around may be frowned upon for example.

Re: What is the definition of commercial use?

Posted: Mon Jun 24, 2019 11:52 am
by mikro
I guess you're using the "Download as ZIP" option - if you clone the repository with 'git', then 'git log' will show you the author's name and email address.

Re: What is the definition of commercial use?

Posted: Tue Jun 25, 2019 10:13 am
by sety
mikro wrote:
Mon Jun 24, 2019 11:52 am
I guess you're using the "Download as ZIP" option - if you clone the repository with 'git', then 'git log' will show you the author's name and email address.
mikro, I'm sure you hear this often, but you Sir, are the Internet's most valuable resource!

I have the email address from git log as suggested. I'll try contacting them.

Thanks again!

Stuart