Last updated on Thu, 2012-05-10 07:47. Originally submitted by fabio on 2012-05-08 19:19.
Today I discovered that FreeIMU, in particular FreeIMU v0.3.5_BMP, has been cloned by some China people and it is now being sold through goodluckbuy and ebay.
Here are some pictures:
So, what's my reaction to this? Maybe you are thinking that I should be pretty mad about this, that I should report the cloning to ebay, call the police or something like that..
Instead.. I'm very proud of this.
In my opinion, being cloned is something which can occur to anybody on anything nowadays. Chinese are very good at cloning and they are doing that on everything: phones, fashion, art, electronics...
But Chinese they are also very smart. When they decide to clone, they simply go out and clone the best available. So, I consider FreeIMU being copied simply as an undeniable statement of its quality.
Moreover, I released FreeIMU under CC-BY-SA, meaning that selling a copy of FreeIMU or a derivative work from it is perfectly legal. In fact, I always encouraged and supported people in building their own FreeIMU.
Of course, I would have appreciated to be contacted by the Chinese: "Hey, we are going to clone your work and make money out of it, but we'd like to donate a bit to support your work".. but I understand that this isn't a common practice for them.. at least, they decided to keep the original silkscreen with my name and the link to this website.
I just hope that the people manufacturing those board are working safely and without being exploited.. Considering that even Apple can't guarantee on this, I have strong doubts about it.