05 February 2007

Open Hardware Licence

Another Bruce Perens production:

Many hardware designers wish to engage in collaborative development, just as Open Source programmers do today. The proliferation of programmable gate array devices and cheap circuit board prototyping are making this easier. One organization of hardware designers, TAPR, has produced and successfully manufactured innovative digital communications hardware designs since the 1980's, when they pioneered the first practical peer-to-peer wireless networking device.

This license will be deployed on a new wave of Open Source hardware. It is designed to be similar enough to Open Source Software licenses to be certifable under the Open Source Definition / Debian Free Software Guidelines, the generally-accepted definition of Open Source licensing, which I created in 1998.

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