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Protect public project from potential patents

You are touching 2 different topics with your question. a) Which is the appropriate license for hardware? b) How to prevent that someone else can get a patent for your device? For a) you might want to ...
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Do physical assets created directly from GPLed, copyleft digital designs (not programs or libraries) acquire the same license?

I use LGPL licensed software to create some digital assets that contain original designs. [...] The primary use of the assets is the creation of physical objects, via machining or 3D printing. I apply ...
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Do physical assets created directly from GPLed, copyleft digital designs (not programs or libraries) acquire the same license?

Certainly, creating any replication of a copyrighted design in any medium is either a verbatim reproduction or a derivative work, and requires permission from the copyright holder(s) to do legally. ...
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How should I structure a new open source group

If you have not already, read through Producing Open Source Software and/or The Open Source Way - they have lots of good information about all of the things that people tend to forget when running an ...
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Is it possible to build free open hardware desktop PC?

I suggest taking a look at EOMA68 computer cards. They're expected to receive RYF certification, and you can order a desktop housing kit to go with yours.
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Does open source clothing exist?

The answer is a bit convoluted and I don't claim to understand all of the subtleties. I think the answer is, essentially: No, you cannot copyright clothing designs Yes, you can copyright design ...
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LGPL HDL in larger FPGA design

The aim of the LGPL license is that people can replace the LGPL code in a larger project, without requiring that the complete source code of the larger project is disclosed. I am not familiar with ...
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Protect public project from potential patents

For something to be patentable, it must be innovative. You cannot patent something which is the same as something already published (under any license), because that is not innovative ("prior art ...
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"Sharing without ATTRIBUTION" when selling 3D printed objects (not the STL source files)

This is not a legal advice for your specific circumstances. Here, in hope of spurring further discussions, here, I discuss the general legal ramifications of creating tangible objects from source ...
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Open Source Medical Equipment

Having worked in the medical industry and other highly regulated industries, I don't believe that there are, nor will there ever be, projects for libre medical equipment. In regulated industries, the ...
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Advertising a job in open source software and hardware

There are some job boards focused on open source: fossjobs.net (the website itself is open source, too!) opensourcejobhub.com fossfox.com Just for completeness, I'll also mention a couple such ...
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Are there open source hardware licenses that require publishing modified sources when a physical product is distributed?

Yes; the TAPR Open Hardware License, as far as I interpret it (please correct me if I'm wrong). https://tapr.org/the-tapr-open-hardware-license/ Although you already mentioned some of them, below are ...
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Does an FPGA design in Verilog / VHDL count as software or hardware in terms of copyright law?

Most modern hardware designs are a combination of both hardware and software and like anything we create, both the hardware and software components can be covered by copyright. According to wikipedia ...
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Open Source licenses in the Dominican Republic

You seem to be misunderstanding a fairly fundamental point about open source licenses: they are just a license to use something, like any other license. The default position (at least in any country ...
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Is it legal to "simulate" Yubikey OTP authentication with an Arduino in own product?

IANAL so I obviously can't give you a legal answer, but this sort of thing would seem to fall under reverse engineering. If it's possible to observe the behavior of a product and then copy that ...
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Do I need to patent before open-sourcing hardware?

Generally, if you want to control how someone uses or reproduces a work you've designed, the law must first grant you a monopoly on some set of rights, and then you may choose grant some incomplete ...
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Is it possible to build free open hardware desktop PC?

I've just discovered the FSF Guide on Free Hardware. It appears to provide just enough information to make some informed decisions on hardware.
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How do copyleft redistribution clauses fit in with purely hardware products?

tl;dr: How could redistribution clauses common to copyleft licenses be applied to purely hardware products? They can't, and shouldn't. The problem, it seems to me, is that hardware isn't software. ...
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Are there open source hardware licenses that require publishing modified sources when a physical product is distributed?

Modern electronic products are a combination of hardware and software. Firmware is software that is "burnt" into hardware, that may or may not be modifiable, which controls the functionality of the ...
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TAPR Open Hardware License not open source?

The OSI only approves software licenses. The goal of the approval process is to determine whether the license provides software freedom and satisfies the Open Source Definition, which itself is a ...
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Legality of open hardware vs. patents

Law is complicated, and I can only offer my layman perspective on United States patent law. In general, patents are a particularly powerful area of law, because independent invention is not a defense ...
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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?

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? No. From a copyright perspective a hardware layout ...
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Is the Ender 3 V2 licensed under the same license as the original?

As far as I can tell, V2 is a completely different product. It does not appear to ever have been Creality's intent that the OSHWA certification for the original Ender 3 apply to the Ender 3 V2. Ender ...
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Including design reference implementations with open source program

This is a bit tricky, I would like to offer a few approaches. I am assuming that you can ship the synthesized code freely, and your question only relates to sharing the source. a) Whenever you ...
Martin_in_AUT's user avatar
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LGPL HDL in larger FPGA design

If I use the LGPL HDL in a larger design would I have to release the source of the whole project? Possibly, but if so that's likely a limitation of the FPGA development tooling. If the tooling were ...
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