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Paul Carlson's Super Probe

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abeyer:

--- Quote from: ebastler on March 02, 2024, 10:16:09 pm ---Sure. But since a "license" means granting someone the right to use something (within certain constraints, possibly for a certain remuneration) -- what is the point of a license on something everyone has the right to use anyway?

Carlson could choose to offer licenses for "officially authorized" versions maybe, which would be allowed to carry his signature, channel logo or some other copyrighted mark. But his "it is strictly forbidden to use this design commercially" statement does not carry any weight or meaning at all, from what I can see.

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I assumed mainly just as a more tangible kind of patreon benefit. It makes patrons feel like they're "getting something" even if there isn't any real requirement to do so. Who knows, though, the licensing situation with it all is kind of unclear in general and I certainly don't have any inside info.  :-//

ebastler:

--- Quote from: abeyer on March 03, 2024, 12:33:17 am ---I assumed mainly just as a more tangible kind of patreon benefit. It makes patrons feel like they're "getting something" even if there isn't any real requirement to do so. Who knows, though, the licensing situation with it all is kind of unclear in general and I certainly don't have any inside info.  :-//

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He may want to make his patrons feel like they are "getting something" -- but I don't see what he is actually giving them in this case, beyond what everybody else gets.

The intellectual property rights situation seems pretty clear here (copyright applies, but no patent protection), so it's clear what can be used freely and what is protected. The whole "strictly forbidden" and "license" thing is just smoke and mirrors -- either to make his paying patrons feel better, or because he is annoyed by the kit sales and hopes to discourage some sellers.

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