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Mark
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Legal question about sharing a 3d model not for earning money

Hello,

I have an XR18 (bought second hand) but it didn't have the rack ears to mount it in a 19 inch rack. So I went on the internet to see if someone else made rack ears. I found a nice design that I liked but the person who made it is selling it on etsy.com.

I got out my digital calipers and booted up Fusion 360, designed my own rack ears that look almost identical to the ones on etsy. I would to share my design on thingiverse, with a non commerial licence so that other people can also just print it out. I do not want to any money off of it.

Is this illegal? On the one hand you could say that I copied his design. On the other hand I had to completely design it myself.

This topic was modified 2 months ago by Mark
Posted : 16/06/2021 8:59 am
JoanTabb
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RE: Legal question about sharing a 3d model not for earning money

If you hadn't seen anything on Etsy and just designed it yourself,  would you be worrying? 
Is the etsy design special? 

you obviously had an idea that you needed rack mounting tabs before you looked on etsy. 
if they are right angle brackets  with holes into attach to the XR18 and the rack, I expect it would be difficult to copyright them, especially as I am pretty sure your creations are not exact copies of the etsy ones. 

I am no lawyer but I think it would be difficult to prosecute!

 

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Posted : 16/06/2021 1:18 pm
bobstro
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RE: Legal question about sharing a 3d model not for earning money

If we're talking about a small piece with a 90 degree bend and a few holes, there's nothing innovative about it. Rack mounts are standardized specifically to make it easy to design and use them. The Etsy seller is likely making whatever money they are making by selling printed parts to people without printers, so there's not really anything to feel guilty about. If it were some sort of innovative design that you just copied, there might be an issue, but rack mounts aren't that.

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Posted : 16/06/2021 1:54 pm
fuchsr
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RE: Legal question about sharing a 3d model not for earning money

Unless there's a patent on the design you're good. 

Posted : 16/06/2021 3:03 pm
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