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Open Source Hardware Definition

Postby JiM » 16 Feb 2011, 23:37

I've seen on Make: blog that a new initiative about Free/Open Source Hardware is making some buzz.
http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2011/02/open-hardware-definition-1-0-released.html
http://www.openhardwaresummit.org/oshw-logo-v1-0/

One of the key aspects, beside the license terms requirements, is to define an identity for Open Hardware, especially with a logo.
http://www.openhardwaresummit.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=393
Like the CreativeCommons logo, or the OpenSource Initiative logo, etc. gave better visibility to these initiatives.

This is essentially initiated by people doing great platforms such as Arduino and RepRap, but as we focus here on freedom for information and documented DIY electronic projects (which are free like both "free speech" and "free beer"), I think that it's an interesting discussion subject for the Freestompboxes community.

We already have a very nice logo, and some ideas posted for the OpenHardware are quite close in design. Maybe the original author (Is it briggs or modman ?) is interested in submitting a derivative ?
We also talked a bit (not too seriously) about our own KloneRight license, and i drafted an humble logo for it. It was fun, but went no further.


So what do you think ?
Is the concept applicable to community-designed circuits, and could it help in fighting goop and abusive intellectual property claims in the stompbox industry ?
Would you like to contribute, either by reviewing constructively, by spreading the word, by designing a logo, or by adding an Open Hardware type of license to your designs ?
Does the motto "If you can't open it, you don't really own it" talk to you ?



PS : Please note that there is a subtle difference between free/libre and open source. It's well explained there : http://www.linfo.org/open_source.html
And don't forget that there are also misleading terms such as freeware (closed and gratis) and some open-something which are essentially closed and proprietary, but you can peep at the source code if you pay, change nothing and sign a non-disclosure agreement.
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Re: Open Source Hardware Definition

Postby DrNomis » 17 Feb 2011, 03:41

JiM wrote:I've seen on Make: blog that a new initiative about Free/Open Source Hardware is making some buzz.
http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2011/02/open-hardware-definition-1-0-released.html
http://www.openhardwaresummit.org/oshw-logo-v1-0/

One of the key aspects, beside the license terms requirements, is to define an identity for Open Hardware, especially with a logo.
http://www.openhardwaresummit.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=393
Like the CreativeCommons logo, or the OpenSource Initiative logo, etc. gave better visibility to these initiatives.

This is essentially initiated by people doing great platforms such as Arduino and RepRap, but as we focus here on freedom for information and documented DIY electronic projects (which are free like both "free speech" and "free beer"), I think that it's an interesting discussion subject for the Freestompboxes community.

We already have a very nice logo, and some ideas posted for the OpenHardware are quite close in design. Maybe the original author (Is it briggs or modman ?) is interested in submitting a derivative ?
We also talked a bit (not too seriously) about our own KloneRight license, and i drafted an humble logo for it. It was fun, but went no further.


So what do you think ?
Is the concept applicable to community-designed circuits, and could it help in fighting goop and abusive intellectual property claims in the stompbox industry ?
Would you like to contribute, either by reviewing constructively, by spreading the word, by designing a logo, or by adding an Open Hardware type of license to your designs ?
Does the motto "If you can't open it, you don't really own it" talk to you ?



PS : Please note that there is a subtle difference between free/libre and open source. It's well explained there : http://www.linfo.org/open_source.html
And don't forget that there are also misleading terms such as freeware (closed and gratis) and some open-something which are essentially closed and proprietary, but you can peep at the source code if you pay, change nothing and sign a non-disclosure agreement.




I think the concept of open-source hardware certainly could be applied to community designed circuits, for too long circuits designed using standard circuit building blocks, have been protected by those abusing copyright laws for their own financial gain, and we all know that standard electronic building blocks cannot be copyrighted.... :)
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Re: Open Source Hardware Definition

Postby JiM » 18 Feb 2011, 00:43

DrNomis wrote:we all know that standard electronic building blocks cannot be copyrighted.... :)

Well, only "works of art" such as litterature, music, painting ... can be copyrighted. And this includes circuit layouts, schematics, even software source code ! The ideas themselves cannot be copyrighted. A circuit may be patented, if it's new, but again it's not the idea that gets patented, just its implementation (the process, the method). Another way of producing the same result is no infringement.
I have nothing against copyrighting the assembly of classic building blocks, as long as the result is original : every novel book just contains words from the dictionary ...
And in fact, the copyleft concept builds on the copyright laws, using them backwards. I have all rights reserved on my copyrighted works, and i can decide to give some of these rights for free, like the right to copy and improve as long as you cite me and share them with the same terms (in short, a CC-BY-SA license).
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