[Discuss] Is CC BY-NC-SA not Open Source Hardware?

Drew Fustini pdp7pdp7 at gmail.com
Fri Apr 11 05:38:39 UTC 2014

Hi - I'd like to get the opinion of the list.  I recently came to realize
that PrintrBot design files are licensed under CC BY-SA-NC
(Non-Commercial).  For example:

This seems to disqualify it from being Open Source Hardware per the OSHWA
"Open source hardware is hardware whose design is made publicly available
so that anyone can study, modify, distribute, make, and sell the design or
hardware based on that design."

The best practices go on to state:
"Note that the definition of open-source hardware specifies that you must
allow modification and commercial re-use of your design, so avoid licenses
with a no-derivatives or non-commercial clause."

It would seem based on this that I shouldn't refer to Printrbot as Open
Source Hardware.  Is it best to just describe it as CC BY-SA-NC?

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