Week #18

Invention, Intellectual Property, and Income

This week, we have to figure out if we want to register our work with a patent or a license.
Honestly, I don't think a patent is necessary for my project, because it does not involve an invention in my opinion. Patents are more for things that is hard to be made and created by everyone. My project, if it worked perfectly should be easily replicated in any Fablab and by anyone by following certain steps.

I have always been a fan of open source, I believe it is important to share the knowledge we have with everyone. That's why I decided to keep my project open source.
The cool thing about open source is that it gives users the right to use, study, change and distribute the software for any purpose, which can lead to a significant and fast growth for it, as individual can edit and share their modifications.

Creative Commons License


What is Creative Commons?

Creative Commons is a non-profit organization that empowers the creators of content to license their creations without a lot of legal hassle. Essentially, it tweaks the traditional "all rights reserved" formula to something closer to "some rights reserved". For instance, some artists might allow anyone to use their work, so long as they provide credit, while others do not want their work used for commercial purposes. By using these predefined licenses, they can do that easily and free of charge. Not only does this allow the artist to share their creations more easily, it also helps others find appropriate imagery, music, and much more to help enhance their own creations.

There are 6 types of the creative commons license, which are:

I'd like my project to be licensed under "Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike". This way everyone can use it for non-commercial purposes and whatever they edit or modify will also be under this license which maximizes the benefits.

Project Dissemination

I plan to work on two parallel tracks in future.
First, I will develop the project to be more easy to learn especially I design it to teach kids about robotics.
Second, I will use ESP wifi chip instead of Bluetooth Module, to connected over global network and use camera too.

Business Model

I have made my license an open-source non- commercial license but I will try to sell this project to toys compaines and IT were they can develop it.
In parallel I will try to get support or start Crowdfunding on many platforms such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo, GoFundMe or StartSomeGood these campaigns usually require a lot of promotion, which helps in marketing the product.

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