Give bad rep to Arduino hardware in general
"Arduino" is a trademark of Arduino team and should not be used for unofficial variants.<SNIP>While unofficial products should not have "Arduino" in their name, it's okay to describe your product in relation to the Arduino project and platform. <SNIP>Okay: * Xxxxxx for Arduino - products that work with official Arduino boards (e.g. shields or kits) * Xxxxxx (Arduino-Compatible) - variations and clones which are software and hardware compatible
Where I come from. This kind of activity, selling clone as original product is called piracy.
My thought after reading your long explanation.It drills down to communication. In need of a term that everyone can understand. The important thing here is to understand and not to be happy with or be politically correct etc.
Honestly: I think the term piracy as a word rooted in the fact that long time ago this so called pirate distribute bootlegged item for profit.
Once we understand what we are talking about, then there will be ability to communicate, to argue, to state one ideological or political preference, etc.
Case in hand. If I did not use the term piracy, would you be able to post that very long write up to express your thought? So at least it demonstrate that you understand the matter to be discussed!
With that said/written. I agree with you that the term piracy started by BSA (or other similar organization in other country) to depict heinous act that is not really applicable and suitable to describe mere act of copying software or trademark infringement.
However let's put thing into perspective and get back to the topic. With this question.Are you saying that you agree with this people action of listing their product as, for instance "Arduino Duemilanove" but actually is selling clone. When the only time prospect customer will learn about it is when they are already customer, when the product is already in their hand?
-------SIDE NOTE--------* Honestly: I think the term piracy as a word rooted in the fact that long time ago this so called pirate distribute bootlegged item for profit.
** Which bring another concern of people stereo typing pirate as killing and raping people on the high see. It is just a stereotype. Combine this with the fact that organization like BSA is trying to stereotype copyright infringement or trademark violation with a gruesome stereotype of a stereotyped pirate?
*** So are we fighting fire with fire? On in this case fighting stereotype with stereotype? How far have we fallen to the "BSA" of the world level.
The more accurate historical and legal term is probably "counterfeiting"
I personally think it is up to the customer to educate themselves as to what looks like a clone, and what isn't. Then they need to make an educated decision as to whether to buy the clone or not. They know they are buying a clone, and they can't declare otherwise, when the price of the device is waaaay lower than what they can purchase it for from one of the actual distributors (which are all listed on the arduino.cc site). To claim otherwise is them being dishonest with themselves.