daniel19210
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Is my project legal/fair?

Thu Nov 22, 2012 11:17 am

Hi,
My client wants me to design a system for him. He needs few devices to act as electronic locks in buildings around the country and he wants ability to control those devices through the internet. Behind doors closed by those locks are services or other goods that his clients pay for. After they send for example paypal payment, the lock opens. He's going to buy boards and other necessary components, my only job is to write a program. Is it legal and fair to use raspberries in this devices? I want to make sure before I send an answer to my client. He's not going to sell those devices or make money directly on them. He will get paid only for things behind the door.

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joan
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Re: Is my project legal/fair?

Thu Nov 22, 2012 12:20 pm

You can use them for anything you choose. You have bought them, they are yours.

What you couldn't do is use the term "doors secured by Raspberry Pi" without permission as I think the name is trademarked.

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Re: Is my project legal/fair?

Thu Nov 22, 2012 12:22 pm

Great. Thank you.

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Re: Is my project legal/fair?

Thu Nov 22, 2012 4:36 pm

On the front page under "About" there's a link to Trade Mark Rules.

Perhaps "powered by Raspberry Pi" would be acceptable.

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Re: Is my project legal/fair?

Thu Nov 22, 2012 5:32 pm

joan wrote:You can use them for anything you choose.
I'm not sure every 'fruit-based' company agrees with you ;-)

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Re: Is my project legal/fair?

Fri Nov 23, 2012 7:32 am

Call them RaspLocks :D

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Re: Is my project legal/fair?

Fri Nov 23, 2012 8:27 am

Remember you have a developer board at hand whose ethernet port is tied to a very weak USB hardware. Lots of reports in this forum about connection losses and bizarre workarounds.
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Re: Is my project legal/fair?

Fri Nov 23, 2012 9:10 am

thradtke wrote:Remember you have a developer board at hand whose ethernet port is tied to a very weak USB hardware. Lots of reports in this forum about connection losses and bizarre workarounds.
Actually, spoke to Gordon last night, and he is of the opinion that the vast majority of people will now see no problems, and he expects to be able to improve the USB again to reduce the impact on users by a significant factor, which should make it even better. So, please don't take the relatively few remaining reports of USB issues as indicative of the whole situation. It comes down to 'try your USB hardware on the board' - and given it's an industrial project, $35 to try it is not a huge outlay. In fact, probably the cehapest HW test you'll ever find!
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Re: Is my project legal/fair?

Fri Nov 23, 2012 9:41 am

Hi James. I'm myself (indirectly) concerned with process control in HVAC business. Usually money not spent is easily eaten up by problems. I wouldn't recommend consumer PC hardware either.
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Re: Is my project legal/fair?

Fri Nov 23, 2012 10:08 am

You don't have drugs or some such behind the doors right? Then you should be fine. :lol:

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Re: Is my project legal/fair?

Fri Nov 23, 2012 11:11 am

thradtke wrote:Hi James. I'm myself (indirectly) concerned with process control in HVAC business. Usually money not spent is easily eaten up by problems. I wouldn't recommend consumer PC hardware either.
Fair enough! I think the use or not of a Raspi depends solely on the requirements - I'm sure it will be possible to use in certain 'industrial' applications, and I'm equally sure it should'nt be used in other ones! I for one won't be using it as a flight computer.
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Re: Is my project legal/fair?

Fri Nov 23, 2012 4:13 pm

I guarantee the FAA is not going to be letting you use it as a flight computer either!
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Re: Is my project legal/fair?

Fri Nov 23, 2012 4:51 pm

Lob0426 wrote:I guarantee the FAA is not going to be letting you use it as a flight computer either!
Maybe not, but poing is: http://www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewt ... =63&t=3837 :mrgreen:

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