Widespread abuse of "Open Source Hardware" term, and the OSHWA logo


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Is anyone else concerned about the widespread misuse of the terms “Open Source Hardware”, and also the OSHWA gear logo?

The majority of companies I see in the low-cost 3D printer area, a market that appeals to the new breed of “makers”, call their hardware Open Source, but is almost invariably licensed as CC-BY-NC. There is also several companies (sometimes individuals) incorporating the OSHWA gear logo, and their products are not even Open Source.

I’ve found examples of misuse in other areas too.

Really, something needs to be done, otherwise “Open Source Hardware” will lose all meaning (and worse, be replaced by CC-BY-NC).

This would seem to have negative impacts for OSI as well, where generally Open Source Software is well understood, and who also have a trademark sharing(?) agreement with OSHWA.