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Re: [libreplanet-discuss] GPL for physical object

From: Julian Daich
Subject: Re: [libreplanet-discuss] GPL for physical object
Date: Sat, 7 Oct 2017 20:51:05 +0200

Hi there,

I received several opinions and comments and see the best option for
me is to seat with a lawyer in person. Institutions resulted to be no
so responsive. Somebody can recommend a person? It can be at the
Boston area or Spain.



2017-10-07 20:43 GMT+02:00 Julian Daich <>:
> 2017-10-06 13:24 GMT+02:00 Thomas Harding <>:
>>  And that's also an ethical problem (how to allow licensing on a registered 
>> TM/design?).
> By redacting a document.
>> So, if you want to protect a design, the best is to use a worldwide gratis 
>> protection mechanism : copyright. A photography is a bidimentionnal object, 
>> a sculpture a tridimentionnal one.
> A sculpture is an specific object. Non a set of objects derived from a 
> concept.
>> So, simply use CC-By-SA licence (not "NC", because that costs to produce and 
>> distribute physical object) for design, and GPLv3 for technical 
>> characteristics written as "a program" (or several programs : one per 
>> function or group of function (as program libraries), and one for the whole 
>> functions.
> CC are not so good because they do not contemplate if patents are involved.
>> Unfortunately, you cannot restrict by linking the two. That restriction 
>> would be on physical design, so Creative Commons could help by writing a 
>> licence "Share alike / enforced to Free Software". They own their licences 
>> :-)
> How can I contact Creative Common for the writing?
> Best,
> Julian
>> Le 6 octobre 2017 08:12:18 GMT+02:00, Ineiev <> a écrit :
>>>On Thu, Oct 05, 2017 at 10:58:48PM +0200, Julian Daich wrote:
>>>> My idea is define a trademark for a physical object( i.e. as Lego did
>>>> with their blocks or Coca Cola with their bottle) and license this
>>>> trademark using the GPL. Trademarks can only enforce decorative
>>>> characteristics of the physical object, so it will possible to choose
>>>> a design and materials to distinguish the libre object, enumerate
>>>> functional characteristics to avoid confusions and use both to define
>>>> the source. The object will be the physical object itself.
>>>I believe trademarks only apply to look, they can't impose any
>>>requirements when someone uses your physical object internally
>>>and never tells customers it's actually used in their product.
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