hello everyone, phil from support here. if you placed an order with cy i suggest you ask the order to go on hold for now - we have been trying to contact cy and his fax machine is disconnected, email accounts bouncing, mail address is sketchy (he's really in china) and phone numbers did not work. cy promised to get back to us and he has not.
the issue is - he is taking credit for the x0xb0x, mass manufacturing x0xb0xes, selling them for profit and refuses to abide by the license on our page:http://www.ladyada.net/make/x0xb0x/download.html
we asked that he credit us as the designer and link to our site, pretty simple. i asked dan (in these forums, coordinating a group buy) to consider holding off on on the sale because this feels very wrong to take money while this happening. dan has been very helpful trying to convince cy to credit us (and other buyers have also told cy to do this) but cy has refused and also not responded to our emails.
we're giving this another 24 hours and then we'll figure out what we need to do.
if you bought one of these please contact us directly, perhaps you can help us resolve this. $6k to a stranger who is across the world and not doing a simple thing like crediting the designers of the product they're now selling and making money from is a bad sign and we do not want anyone to lose their money, or worse, damage the project's reputation and fun.
here's is the latest email/fax we sent to cy after dozens of emails and attempts.
To: Chahae Yasaena 2305 Celina Dr. 73130-7530 Midwest City, OK United States Phone: 405-277-0889 Fax: 877-254-0629 Email: email@example.com
Attention Chahae Yasaena (“cy”)
As per our email, this fax contains the written request that you (chipsforbrains, technology transplant) immediately update your page (http://www.technologytransplant.com/xox ... tinfo.html
), eBay pages, documentation and circuit boards to reflect the following:
1. Credit Adafruit as the designer, creator and copyright holder of the x0xb0x. "x0xb0x originally designed by Adafruit industries" with a link to: http://www.adafruit.com
2. Also, add the credit(s) to the circuit board if you're selling it which it appears you are.
3. Your document hosted on your site also contains our text without permission. We will grant you permission to use it pro- vided you credit Adafruit as the designer and creator of the x0xb0x. "x0xb0x originally designed by Adafruit industries" with a link to: http://www.adafruit.com http://technologytransplant.com/xoxbox/UserManual2.doc
Please let us know if you have any questions or wish to discuss this matter. Please make these updates and changes by end of business day 5/28/2010 - we understand the circuit boards may require a sticker or intermediate solution until the next board run.
cy's address says "Chahae Yasaena 2305 Celina Dr. 73130-7530 Midwest City, OK United States" but he is actually in China - Guangdong, Guangzhou. if you're a buyer you should request his real address whatever that might be.
his ebay store states that he is in the united states http://myworld.ebay.com/chipforbrains/
but he's operating from outside the usa. ebay usually does not allow or like when someone says they're in the usa in the "Business Seller Information" area and they're actually in another country. for business sellers this is usually against their terms of services for the protection of the buyers.http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-BLUE-LED-XOXBOX ... 439f7790e3