[Discuss] New OSHWA post up - Legal Notes

yahya yahya.tawil at gmail.com
Thu Dec 12 08:01:06 UTC 2013

Thank you all !

These replies and discussions was very useful for making a semi-complete
imagination of how OSW should be for commercial use .

On Thu, Dec 12, 2013 at 2:52 AM, Matt Maier <blueback09 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Not just a hobby, primarily a hobby. It's something most people do in
> their free time (after the workday or during retirement). There are several
> examples of successful businesses that release their hardware design source
> files openly. But there are at least 100x as many examples of people/groups
> that release open source hardware but are not businesses. Thus, the
> majority of open source hardware work is not intended to generate a profit.
> But that's because most developers do it for fun/pride. It's not because
> most developers want to set up an alternative economic system. Personally,
> I don't think the idea of an alternative economic system makes any sense.
> Open source is merely a way to develop technology; its scope is extremely
> limited. The impact of cheaper/better technology could be far reaching, but
> even that wouldn't come close to setting up an alternative to economics. It
> might have an impact on the scale of activity, but I don't see anything
> fundamental changing.
> Feel free to advocate for whatever you want. I don't speak for anyone
> other than myself. I advocate for open source because it improves
> technology faster and I think technology is vital to everyone's future.
> For what it's worth, I do see open source hardware as an ecosystem, like
> how RepRap was based on Arduino.
> - Matt
> On Wed, Dec 11, 2013 at 4:12 PM, yahya <yahya.tawil at gmail.com> wrote:
>> How could we advocate OSW as an ecosystem and a economic alternative
>> system and then we say is just a hobby !
>> with all respect
>> Yahya
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