[OH Updates] Fwd: the solderpad hardware license
Andrew.Katz at moorcrofts.com
Wed Mar 28 13:38:59 PDT 2012
On 28 Mar 2012, at 17:25, Moritz von Buttlar wrote:
Am Mittwoch, den 28.03.2012, 10:39 -0400 schrieb Brandon Stafford:
an open source project is an institution. It requires some laws how
people interact. Institutions are good for creating value from which
nobody is excluded, like open source products. I just wrote an essay
about this topic.
Without the license people are less likely to invest their time or
ressources in a project. Therefore the license and the spirit of the
license are also very important for getting people to participate.
I agree entirely. The spirit of the licence - a manifesto almost - is critical. That's one reason why I felt Apache was a good starting point, as Apache is not only a well understood licence, but the norms attaching to the Apache community are well understood, including the way in which the community interacts with traditonally structured commercial entities.
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