|Mar 08, 2012, 06:55 PM|
Warning! rabbit Flight Controller uses stolen code from MultiWii
a Flight Controller by the tradename 'Rabbit' is being sold at ebay (by an individual going by the name 'vocanlo') and at Goodluckbuy. This product is being sold bundled with onboard firmware (in binary form only) which contains stolen code from the GPL MultiWii project. In this forum is a thread dedicated to this product titled Flight Controller for Quadcopter Multicopter with Fixed Hight Direction Care Free CF here http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1564594.
One RCG user has by disassembly proven the code ripoff (read more about it here http://www.multiwii.com/forum/viewto...8&t=1142#p8052)
I am one of the many developers of the original MultiWii project and as such am entitled to pursue the violation of the GPL. The vendors have been contacted and requested to honour the GPL by
Both parties (ebay seller and goodluckbuy) have failed to comply to this rightful request. This is bad for you under at least two aspects:
1. why rabbit policy is bad from a user's perspective
2. why rabbit policy is bad from a developer's perspective
What is the bottom line?
At the moment we developers have decided to not open a legal case against this gang of vendors and unknown developers. Instead I ask you to
'Do not buy Rabbit Flight Controller'. Choose an honorable alternative instead; there are many to choose from.
Mar. 11,2012 Update: to spare interested parties the burden of sifting through boring comments full of ignorance and insults, I have included here my personal summary of the last days
interesting times we live in.
Few days ago I brought to your attention that the producers of the Rabbit product use code they have stolen from the MultiWii project and I did explain some of the negative implications this has for you as a Rabbit customer, the MultiWii project and the general progress with FLight Controllers in this hobby.
A load of responses have been posted and recently the niveau has gone to ground zero. So this may be a good point to sum it all up.
It could have been easy. Ethics and morale put aside, you could have acknowledged the facts I presented, thought about the implications this had for you & your hobby and thought about how the situation could be turned into a joint activity to better your situation as Rabbit customers. (no idea what you could do? Like joining forces and contacting the producers and retailers. Why not demand lower prices, because developers do only copy and paste mostly)
For a review it is easiest to split the responses into 3 groups
A - supporters
yes, some of you understand the issue of theft of intellectual property, the bad effects it has and implications for their hobby and its progress. You made some excellent statements and this hobby is better for you being here. You know who you are and I thank you.
B - the silent majority (?)
you did not (want to) get involved and comment on the matter for your own reasons. I will not start to speculate on your reasons. I feel nothing for you and I have nothing to say to you.
C - the bad and the ugly
you spent a lot of effort on
May 22, 2012 Update: we have a second confirmed verification of the code copy theft by the grabbit rabbit through an independent source. The author of the review on fpvcentral.net verified the GPS code in rabbit to be of origin MultiWii.
Post with link to review here http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=1081
|Mar 08, 2012, 07:34 PM|
Joined Dec 2011
1 As a freeman I choose who I trust in. Itīs my right not anybodies decision.
2 Actually as a Rabbit user Iīm getting updates quickly and they work fine, everything OK thanks.
3 Is it a crime to be Unknown?Donīt you think maybe you are unknown to the rabbit team?
Stolen or not you should appreciate a good work, it should be good as yourself are porting multiwii to this same "STOLEN" board.
Mr Hamburger,,,,please keep the bad things of our lives outside of this beautyfull hobby. I think we all probably have too many problems in our worlds and would like RCG to keep being what it is, a nice quiet and interesting forum. Not a BATTLEFIELD.
LIVE AND LET LIVE
|Mar 08, 2012, 07:41 PM|
Just read a response from the guy that is selling these boards on eBay that had promised to release the code, but now has gone back on that promise.
|Mar 08, 2012, 07:48 PM|
Australia, QLD, Brisbane
Joined Nov 2011
For starters you don't "steal" GPL source code like the melodramatic OP claims. GPL means open source.
You are required under the GPL to make your source code available, so someone that can speak their language, should explain that to the Rabbit devs, and request the source code.
|Mar 08, 2012, 08:18 PM|
Joined Jan 2012
AHHHHHHHHHH I guess someone is not making enough money since the rabbit came out and now they want to F it up for everyone else.
Prove to people that code is stolen then I even might consider buying a diferent board that operates so good and cheap, also with GPS comin that wont cost $400.00.
Dont point any fingers till you can prove that Rabbit team stole the code.
|Mar 08, 2012, 08:54 PM|
United States, IL, Park Ridge
Joined Apr 2010
|Mar 08, 2012, 09:47 PM|
I'm with you hamburger, thank you to you and Alex for literally getting multicopters off the ground. I have to say some of the members here have missed the point and most of the comments pro rabbit thus far have been so irrational that it's comical.
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