@Steely’s G-Seat Copyright & Open Source License

By March 5, 2020 June 17th, 2020 G-Seat, Sim Rig

Many people have asked if this would be open source?, am I going to sell these? This was quite a thing to think through. I haven’t even finished it yet, but as I’ve got content, designs and images up had to think about. I’ve also been influenced by others (cheers @Buri !) along the way so in no way do I want make money off this – I really like open source sharing of ideas to drive innovation. We wouldn’t be building this cool stuff without 3d printers, and their popularity was driven by open source.

Here’s my approach and intent:

(1 a) I don’t have any intention of selling it but I may in future help supply any of the difficult parts to source (e.g. the bracket).
(1 b) if/when it’s all working and someone uses the designs, and wants to buy me a few of my favourite Garage Project beers – then you can paypal me beer money to gseatworkshop@gmail.com (OR) when global shipping gets a bit more reasonable I’ve got a garage tools, bits and bobs wishlist here. https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/3V5DZTPQPXZKQ?ref_=wl_share
(2) I also don’t want people verbatim copying it and passing it off as their own.
(3 a) I want people to be able to share, improve, build upon – regardless of what they want to do with it and in doing so contribute their improvements back to the community. (say hello to the true ethos of Open Source).
(3 b) you’d have to be brain dead to commercially try anything round this- the risk for injury is way to high. I won’t prevent it from a license standpoint but you’d have to be insane to try selling one or a derivative of. One set of broken ribs later or squished fingers and you’d be in trouble. Leave that to the professionals like SimExperience.
(4) This is all at your own risk if you choose to embark on building one – I haven’t even got it all fully running yet. Therefore absolutely no warranties!

Thus:

Any of these works (e.g. photos, image of the flat sheet pattern for CNC folding, and future Bill of Materials, .DXF files, STL files, blog posts and videos) related to my G-Seat project herein referred to as “@steely’s G-Seat” is Copyright 2020, Rowan Hick, released under the following license.

Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)

This is a human-readable summary of (and not a substitute for) the licenseDisclaimer.

You are free to:

  • Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format
  • Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material
  • for any purpose, even commercially.
  • The licensor cannot revoke these freedoms as long as you follow the license terms.

Under the following terms:

  • Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.
  • ShareAlike — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original.
  • No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.

Notices:

  • You do not have to comply with the license for elements of the material in the public domain or where your use is permitted by an applicable exception or limitation.
  • No warranties are given. The license may not give you all of the permissions necessary for your intended use. For example, other rights such as publicity, privacy, or moral rights may limit how you use the material.

Read here for the license definition. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

In Summary

Basically you can use this information in any way you choose including in commercial products, but you must :
(a) attribute my design (eg. “Using @steely’s G-Seat”, or “Modified version of @steely’s G-Seat”) and
(b) if you modify, build upon it – you must release any derivative works with the same conditions and clearly attribute “@Steely’s G-Seat”. Regardless of whether for DIY purposes or you want to build something commercially.

Seems fair to me and allows everyone to build upon and iterate it.

Go nuts folks. Go nuts.

In case anyone’s wondering but just making sure as sometimes the internet is a confusing place.

  1. Whilst I’ve contributed to the SFX project documentation and some time moderating forums, the Donations for Simfeedback are separate to this and go 100% to Saxxon. They’re under two separate licenses, one’s open source and one’s closed source/upto Saxxon to maintain.
  2. This license for my G-Seat project is *different* to the SFX-100 project. Please don’t mistake the two. Mine is by design a little more permissive for differing reasons.

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