Shanzhai products, often derided as knock-off fake products, literally means "mountain village" in Chinese. These products are sold by the cargo ship, but massively to the large populace internal to China. "Shanzhai" refers to the older times in China where thieves and pirates would stockpile illegal goods high up in the mountains. Others simply refer to Shanzhai products accessibility to everyone. With Shanzhai, even the poor people who live on a mountain can have the expensive famous brands.
This presentation investigates the Shanzhai technology culture in China, analyzes its positive and negative aspects, and announces a new legal approach to build off the best parts of Shanzhai technology. This approach uses a mixture of Creative Commons licensing for hardware plans, Free Software licensing for software used to run the hardware, and open patents for the novel technological innovations. Do you have Qi Inside your hardware?
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