Open Source License

Open Source for Hardware: Normal or New?

Is 'Open Source' hardware development something new or something normal? Sadly it the first. Hardware development, even when many have anonymously participated in it, still needs a costly legal protection if it should be kept in the realm of Open Source. Reason is that every follow-up step in design or development can otherwise be claimed as Intellectual Property of the person who made that last step. Thereby blocking freely accessible further development in Open Source by others.

The GNU-approach of giving a free licence "but-only-if-it-will-cover-all-added-changes" seems NOT to be applicable to hardware. Hardware licensing seems to be the realm of patents and patents are impractical, do not do what licensing could do and are too costly.

But of course, Open Source hardware development done in cooperation with others and without any property claims is as old as mankind. So it is really the most normal thing. Hardware development then was just a part of culture and that is what it should become again.

Reason to welcome attention given to its legal and practical aspects. The below shown links are related to this subject. Some more is to be found at web pages on Open Source hardware development, their URL's printed below.

Better licenses to promote Open Source development in the field of hardware and crafts?

We should be looking for licences that better cover the commercial use of information presented as Open Source hardware. The below URL's contain a similar trail of thought.

I have not reviewed this enough to offer an opinion, but we should probablly look at It is related to - Bobby