[OH Updates] Schematics and copyright
dave at eevblog.com
Tue Sep 20 16:09:58 PDT 2011
On Wed, Sep 21, 2011 at 8:08 AM, Bruce Perens <bruce at perens.com> wrote:
> On 09/20/2011 02:15 PM, Alexander Chemeris wrote:
> Does it mean that schematics *is* protected by copyright?
> The problem is that copyright does not apply to a functional portion of a
> work, only the expressive portion. How a court treats this is best explained
> here in Wikipedia:
> That article might be difficult.
> The effect of this on schematics is:
> You probably can use copyright to restrict the distribution of copies of a
> You probably can not use copyright to restrict what is built from that
> People in our community often think we can use our licenses to do things
> that worked for software but do not work for hardware.
> If you also have a patent on the design, your license has much more
Only if you can afford to defend a patent.
To successfully defend a patent in court almost always requires
upwards of $1,000,000
If you do not have that sort of money to spend on defending it, a
patent is next to useless to you, except to possibly use a tool to
intimidate other gullible people with who also do not have the money
to play patent attorney's at 20 paces.
David L. Jones
The Electronics Engineering Video Blog
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