For Approval: Open Source Hardware License

Rod Dixon, J.D., LL.M. roddixon at
Fri Jul 6 02:51:39 UTC 2007

I have not rechecked the final version of GPLv.3 yet, but a copyright  
license cannot create copyright subject matter in contravention of the  

I think the most useful way to approach this issue is to clearly state  
what problem an open hardware license will solve. As presented, it  
seems to be a solution in search of a problem.

Rod Dixon, J.D., LL.M.
The SCTL Blog

On Jul 5, 2007, at 10:37 PM, Matthew Flaschen <matthew.flaschen at 
 > wrote:

> 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 th 
> at
> apply to other kinds of works, such as semiconductor masks."
> Matthew Flaschen

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