[OH Updates] the solderpad hardware license

Bill Morris bill at iheartengineering.com
Tue Mar 27 20:20:55 PDT 2012


We have been using CC BY-NC-SA, but after some contemplation, we are
leaning towards licensing most things with the BSD license or the FBSD
documentation license. It's not a perfect fit but it does most of what
we want.

We are not sure how enforceable it is but some parts like adapters for
closed source products we may license as CC BY-NC-SA out of spite or
just lack of time to update the license. We would like having a hardware
equivalent of the GPL but it doesn't seem feasible given the current
legal situation and having new laws would probably make things worse.

Thanks,
Bill

On Tue, 2012-03-27 at 16:27 -0400, G. Andrew Stone wrote:
> Why use it?  If a new license was created for every type of work
> envisioned, for example: mystery stories vs. sci fi vs. non-fiction,
> we'd have a lot of distinction without any real difference.  If none
> of the unique issues with open hardware are addressed in a license,
> then we might as well use the "upstream" Apache, BSD, etc to license
> the documents that describe OSHW.
> 
> Cheers,
> Andrew
> 
> On Tue, Mar 27, 2012 at 3:42 PM, Alicia Gibb <pip at nycresistor.com>
> wrote:
>         I had a conversation with Andrew Katz a week ago or so. He's
>         very much interested in finding out whether people will use
>         this license or not. 
>         
>         
>         Since many legal systems are based on precedence of history
>         and use (disclaimer I'm in no way shape or form a lawyer or
>         study legal systems), it seems that a hardware license is
>         really only useful if people apply it to their hardware.
>         Neither TAPR or CERN seem to be widely applied in the open
>         hardware community yet, do you think this one will be used
>         more frequently? Are open hardware companies simply not
>         interested in using any license at all? 
>           
>         Cheers, 
>         Alicia 
>         
>         
>         On Tue, Mar 27, 2012 at 3:24 PM, Catarina Mota
>         <catarinamfmota at gmail.com> wrote:
>         
>                 http://blogs.computerworlduk.com/commons-law/2012/03/open-source-hardware-announcing-a-new-licence/index.htm 
>                 
>                 
>                 http://solderpad.org/licenses/SHL-0.51/ 
>                 
>                 
>                 Cheers, 
>                 Catarina 
>                 
>                 
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