Thank you for the thoughtful replies. The video was very informative.
And sorry, I do realize that more specifics would be helpful. Firstly, I currently have two ideas for “products” (if you will) that I’d like to release as open source projects. My reasons are similar to what is mentioned in the video- the “Fortune and Glory” aspects. I do not have the financial means to patent and attempt to bring my products to market. One is a suspension apparatus for moving vehicles- I’ve tested prototypes on bicycles but it could also apply to motor vehicles. To bring this product ot market would cost several hundreds of thousands of dollars, and there’s a high risk that my invention would be licensed in a way that it would prohibit me from receiving any attribution for the design. I have been working as a consultant to a firm to develop their own suspension apparatus, but I have also been using the data I’ve collected to develop my own technology. There is nothing in my work contract that prohibits me from using data and knowledge for my own benefit.
I spent a fair bit of time looking at other mechanical open source projects online, and while a great many claim to be open source in some way or another, actually finding the CAD data for their work is darn near impossible. The closest I’ve come is finding the pdf drawings for E3D’s 3d printer hot ends and extruders. They simply have this statement on their drawings-
Does that statement automatically make it open source, legally protected under the GPL? Or does posting the works on an opens source repository like GitHub “register” the work as open source?
Normal proprietary title blocks say something along the lines of this-
It is my understanding that simply stating “copyright 2019 by me” doesn’t automatically make a work copyrighted. Again, my understanding is that you must put copies of the works of art to by copyrighted in an envelope along with an application and your payment for whatever the copyright office fee is ($35 rings a bell), mail it in, and after they approve and register the work, only then is it copyrighted. Is that correct?
Also, I realize it is frowned upon, but I will be doing my work in either ProEngineer (Creo whatever) or SolidWorks. Those are the CAD packages I am most proficient in, and in my humble opinion, there are no open source parametric 3D CAD packages that have the tools and features required to do professional engineering work. Feel free to disagree, but will not get into a debate over the validity of TinkerCAD or OpenSCAD as serious design tools.