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"Sharing without ATTRIBUTION" when selling 3D printed objects (not the STL source files)

Several 3D models can be found on printables.com that are free for Commercial Use. Some examples are: Printable Black Pearl published under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License Pot ...
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Open Source Medical Equipment [closed]

Are there any projects currently developing libre medical equipment? Obviously, this would include the designs and instructions to build common medical equipment, including: Autoclaves Microscopes ...
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Advertising a job in open source software and hardware

I am developing a solution to deploy open-source hardware in a way that would be similar to APT or Portage in software. As a matter of fact, the idea is to extend something like Portage to make it ...
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Open Hardware: Why does it Exist if you can License Hardware Under Standard Open Source License? [duplicate]

I was looking into publishing some hardware I designed. I began to look into the world of Open Hardware License(s) and discovered the closest to the GNU GPL TAPR and CERN (strong copyleft). And ...
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Do physical assets created directly from GPLed, copyleft digital designs (not programs or libraries) acquire the same license?

Situation: I use LGPL licensed software to create some digital assets that contain original designs. I don't modify the original LGPL software in the process; I just use it. The primary use of the ...
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Protect public project from potential patents

We have a simple 3D-printable object, which can be used as a medical aid. We would like to publish this object free to use to the public. We would like to keep this object and further revisions and ...
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How do copyleft redistribution clauses fit in with purely hardware products?

How could redistribution clauses common to copyleft licenses (paraphrased below) be applied to purely hardware products? i.e. products that contain no software or firmware but where all design ...
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Do I need to patent before open-sourcing hardware?

As I understand it, software open-source licenses are backed up by copyright law, but copyright law does not (in the US) apply to hardware. Does this mean that, before issuing any sort of open-source ...
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Is it legal to "simulate" Yubikey OTP authentication with an Arduino in own product?

I found the following Github Repo that makes it possible to build your own Yubikey with an Arduino Leonardo device. https://github.com/pagong/arduino-yksim Pretty cool. However I am wondering if using ...
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Including design reference implementations with open source program

I am developing an open-source FPGA project that targets multiple FPGA development boards. The project itself is licensed MIT. On one of the targets, the VGA-to-HDMI encoder chip included on the board ...
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As a hardware developer (like arduino board etc.) does one have to license PCB's files under GPL if the included software uses GPL licensed parts?

Trying to understand opensource licenses as a hardware dev. Also I'm not fully understanding GPLv3 about Tivoization part. So If I use GPLv3 software parts, Do I obligated to design PCB that allows ...
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Is the Ender 3 V2 licensed under the same license as the original?

Somewhere in 2018, it was a big deal when Chinese company Creality made their Ender 3 printer 'truly open source', as acknowledged by the Open Source HardWare Association. See for example this YouTube ...
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LGPL HDL in larger FPGA design

There is a project called NetFPGA that has HDL code for various Ethernet uses in an FPGA. The project is listed as LGPL. From a software perspective, my understanding is that if you dynamically link ...
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Are there open source hardware licenses that require publishing modified sources when a physical product is distributed?

According to this answer (correct me if I'm wrong), copyleft software licenses don't do much when applied to hardware. Unlike software which is protected by copyright in any form, HDL/CAD hardware is ...
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TAPR Open Hardware License not open source?

I see that the OHL has "open" in its name but it is not to be found in the open-source initiative's list. Did they not apply? Did they apply but do not match the open source definition? Why? I found ...
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Open Source Hardware software and patent license

I'm working on a hardware medical device which I'd like to open source without giving out my patent rights to potential competitors. I'd like to open source the firmware/software part. What's ...
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Legality of open hardware vs. patents

While much discussion is there around software patents (because sometimes it's just maybe a creative idea), how does maker community position themselves to existing patents? In other words, is high ...
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Does an FPGA design in Verilog / VHDL count as software or hardware in terms of copyright law?

If you have a programmable hardware device that incorporates hardware components (LEDs, switches, ADCs, DACs, batteries etc.) but is designed using Verilog or VHDL for the central FPGA design does the ...
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Open Source licenses in the Dominican Republic

I live in the Dominican Republic where there Open Source isn't contemplated in the Constitution. I want to make Open Source hardware. How should I go about this? Should I get a patent and license it ...
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Use Apache 2.0 license or AGPLv3 licensed Software

I want to sell a custom piece of Hardware with my own company's name with an Ubuntu Server 16.0.4 LTS on it. Is that allowed? I want to run on this server an Apache 2.0 licensed or AGPLv3 licensed ...
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How should I structure a new open source group

I have taken the lead to start a new open source group for the hardware description language VHDL. There are many existing (open source) projects out in the world and many are hosted on GitHub. On the ...
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Is it possible to build free open hardware desktop PC?

I am in need of a desktop PC made only of Free and Open hardware components. If I could be sure that such a thing is possible, I'd even be willing to build it myself; however, I can find no guides on ...
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Would the Oracle v. Google lawsuit imply that any API can be re-implemented, including hardware CPU ISAs? [closed]

EDIT: this was migrated to: https://law.stackexchange.com/questions/10945/would-the-oracle-v-google-lawsuit-imply-that-any-api-can-be-re-implemented-inc I understood that the lawsuit implies that ...
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OSHW board for Artix 7 FPGA XC7A15T [closed]

I am looking for an Open Source Hardware (OSHW) board for an Artix 7 FPGA XC7A15T but couldn't find one. I would be grateful if someone from this community can guide me. I would prefer a design in ...
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Do I need a license to design IP cores with AXI interfaces?

Many IP cores especially from Xilinx have an AXI interface from ARM. The AXI interface standard is free for download (after registration), but I don't think it's free for implementation. So I assume ...
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Are there any open source firmware for Internet modems? [closed]

I've been playing around with my own router and found DD-WRT as an open source firmware alternative for this kind of device but I can't find something equivalent for modems. Can you recommend ...
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Using the (L)GPL as an open-source hardware license?

I use the GPLv3 for my applications and the LGPLv3 for my libraries. In a similar fashion I'd like to use them for my open-source hardware projects (GPL for schematic and PCBs, LGPL for schematic ...
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Open source firmware (e.g. OpenWRT) supporting manufacturers? [closed]

According to recent news the US FCC has targeted the network devices enforcing manufacturers to lock down firmwares to prevent installation custom firmwares like OpenWRT. You can read the whole ...
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Can you open source firmware for closed hardware?

Can you publish open source firmware for closed/commercial hardware (such as routers, motherboards or basically any device) without asking the manufacturer? A few examples which seem to indicate that ...
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Can a mouse be "free software"?

There are systems consisting of wholly free software, and in some cases the hardware is also driven by free software. What about mice? Do mice have software on them which would make them "nonfree"? I'...
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Does open source clothing exist?

Does open source clothing exists? With that I mean, do sewing patterns, tutorials or steering files for sewing and weaving machines, that are licensed as open source exist? Meaning these patterns, ...
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Does open hardware attract contributors in similar speed as open source software early on did?

This originally sprang out of this Meta question, and then a quick discussion in chat. This question is designed to test the underlying assumption behind the Meta question. It seems to some that open ...
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What parts of the Novena are not open source?

Novena tries to be an open source computing platform. But so far it's only partially open source. Which parts are still not open source and have to be replaced to create a fully open source platform? ...
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Is there an institution that accepts and promotes open hardware licenses?

In the software world the FSF and the OSI both accept licenses as free/open. They also promote licenses for usage. In the hardware world some open source licenses have been created, like the TAPR Open ...
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Does a license apply to both the design AND the physical object (if it is made)?

Suppose I have a design for a truck. Simple enough. Possibly in a .CAD file or some such program. I publish this design on my website under a BY-NC-ND licence. Someone on the web finds my design and ...
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When making a piece of hardware how do I apply a license to it?

When building a digital open sourced project it is very easy to apply the licence. You can do this by putting it anywhere in the product in places such as: The bottom of a blog post In the code ...
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When building an open sourced hardware project what documentation do I need?

From previous experience I know that when making an open source piece of software you often have documentation that moves with the file. Some of these files include: Readme License Changes While ...
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How can a profitable business selling open source robotics parts be run if anyone can produce their own?

If open source robotics parts can be manufactured and sold by anyone, is it realistic to make a profit from selling them, or are they only sold at cost price with some other business model for making ...
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Can you make an open source piece of hardware? [duplicate]

Edited Say I was building a truck, and I wanted others to be able to help with the design. Assuming I applied a CC license to it. Could I release it as an open sourced truck? How would this work? ...
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Can hardware have a license?

I was reading a previously asked question, Can I distribute related software and hardware under the same license?, and then it occurred to me that hardware might have patents. Does this mean that ...
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Can I distribute related software and hardware under the same license?

Say I create a system similar to Arduino. I haven't yet developed much more than a basic version, and so the hardware is only compatible with the software I created, so it makes sense for them both to ...
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How do open-source concepts apply to hardware?

Most of us know open-source and open-source concepts from software. Code is easily distributable. We have various licences that help us legalize and regulate how people use our code, and we have ...
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