I may be wrong, but the project is open sourced and can be used freely, even for commercial use (per CC BY-SA 4.0 license). The license states they need to give attribution to vedder... but I don't know if they are required to do so if they aren't releasing design information. If they take the design information and show everyone, they have to give attribution. If the information is private and only release the hardware then I don't know if they have too. I think the license is against the hardware information, not the hardware itself.
Example, vedder has essentially created a beautiful painting and licensed the painting. Inboard is creating the object in the painting and using that object. They are't copying the painting. Don't confuse hardware (patents are used for this) with software (licenses are used for this).
The software/firmware to run the VESC may be a different story if it uses the same license. Note: I don't see any license info on your software
(I didnt' look very hard). Your site says "VESC Hardware by Benjamin Vedder is licensed under a..." so I'm not sure that statement carries over too the software.
I'm not an attorney (nor do I play one on tv) so I'm not sure... thats just how I read it. I do own a business and know that legal matters and licensing really should involve an attorney
That said... it would be nice if they did give credit even if "technicalities" say they aren't required too.
Also: lets not make this thread a debate/rant about inboards use of the VESC. Lets try to keep it on the testing and development of the VESC. Please create a separate thread if needed.
I'm not trying to be a pain, I just like things to be organized
http://www.open-electronics.org/how-to- ... e-license/
quote: “Note that copyright (on which most licenses are based) doesn’t apply to hardware itself, only to the design files for it – and, then, only to the elements which constitute “original works of authorship” (in U.S. law) and not the underlying functionality or ideas. Therefore, it’s not entirely clear exactly which legal protections are or aren’t afforded by the use of a copyright-based license for hardware design files – but they’re still important as a way of making clear the ways in which you want others to use your designs.”