For Approval: Open Source Hardware License

Matthew Flaschen matthew.flaschen at
Fri Jul 6 02:37:17 UTC 2007

Brendan Scott (lists) wrote:

> I would guess therefore that a licence for open source hardware would
> be better expressed in terms of activites.

That doesn't really solve the problem.  If the design is not protected
by some right (copyright, semiconductor mask, etc.), people would be
free to violate the license.  Incidentally, GPLv3 tries to deal with
hardware by saying "“Copyright” also means copyright-like laws that
apply to other kinds of works, such as semiconductor masks."

Matthew Flaschen

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