[OH Updates] Schematics and copyright
alexander.chemeris at gmail.com
Wed Sep 21 02:37:20 PDT 2011
On Wed, Sep 21, 2011 at 02:08, 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.
Indeed, the article is hard to read for non-lawyer, still it's very much
> 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
Thank you for the explanation. When you say "built", do you say that one
1) Create PCB layout for this schematics and make PCBs?
2) Modify original schematics for his own purpose without any restrictions?
3) Use part of the original schematics without any restrictions?
I would appreciate if you clarify this.
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