For Approval: Open Source Hardware License

Jamey Hicks jamey.hicks at
Thu Jul 5 21:20:46 UTC 2007

ext Allison Randal wrote:
> Jamey Hicks wrote:
>> There are no OSI-approved licenses for open source hardware, so I am 
>> proposing this license. It is derived from the Artistic License. This 
>> license treats source code written in a hardware description language 
>> such as Verilog or VHDL as a copyrighted entity, unlike the TAPR Open 
>> Hardware License. The goal with this license is to enable the use of 
>> open source components in commercial aggregates while requiring the 
>> sharing of modifications to those open source components.
> You might want to look into basing this license on the Artistic 
> License version 2.0, instead of version 1.0. After spending several 
> years working on cleaning up the ambiguities in the original Artistic 
> License, I would hate to see them resurrected in a new license.
I will resubmit starting with Artistic License version 2.0.


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