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[Discuss-gnuradio] TAPR Open Hardware License -- Public Comment Period

From: John Ackermann N8UR
Subject: [Discuss-gnuradio] TAPR Open Hardware License -- Public Comment Period
Date: Mon, 12 Feb 2007 10:56:35 -0500
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Hi all --

For the last several months, I've been working, as a TAPR project, to develop an open-source-like license for hardware projects. We've recently posted a 0.9 version for public comment, and welcome your input.

The license is aimed at "real" hardware (the stuff you solder on) rather than firmware, VHDL, or other software-like elements. There are significant differences in the legal approach you need to take with hardware, and this agreement is aimed at those differences. As far as we know, this is the first attempt to create an open source framework around hardware.

You can download the TAPR Open Hardware License from http://www.tapr.org/OHL.

While I'm happy for comments however I receive them, there is a discussion forum at http://technocrat.net/OHL and I'd prefer to get input there so the discussion can be open. The public comment period ends on March 7.

(In addition to the OHL, we've created a companion license, the TAPR Noncommercial Hardware License, that is identical except that it limits products to non-commercial use. While that's not completely consistent with Open Source models, the fact that it costs real money to offer boards, kits, or complete products led us to think this would be valuable in some situations.)

I really look forward to comments from all quarters.



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