[Discuss] Free Hardware

Drew Fustini pdp7pdp7 at gmail.com
Thu Mar 19 15:40:58 UTC 2015

FYI,  part 2 of 3 planned essays in Wired by rms on Free/Libre Hardware

"Hardware Designs Should Be Free. Here’s How to Do It"

Coincidentally, rms visited Chicago, where I live, on Tuesday to give a
talk. I got to ask him what he thought was a good license for Free/Libre
Hardware designs.  He believes the GPLv3 is the correct license to use.
However, he noted it only covers those design elements to which copyright
applies.  (I know the subject of where that line falls has been covered by
Ari & others at past Open Hardware Summits).

On Mar 11, 2015 2:57 PM, "Drew Fustini" <pdp7pdp7 at gmail.com> wrote:

> hmm, just saw this on Slashdot:
> "Why We Need Free Digital Hardware Designs"
> http://hardware.slashdot.org/story/15/03/11/1648243/why-we-need-free-digital-hardware-designs
> Links to Wired:
> http://www.wired.com/2015/03/need-free-digital-hardware-designs/
> It appears to me that Richard Stallman wrote this article.
> Here is a quote:
> "the concept we really need is that of a free hardware design. That’s
> simple: it means a design that permits users to use the design (i.e.,
> fabricate hardware from it) and to copy and redistribute it, with or
> without changes. The design must provide the same four freedoms that
> define free software."
> I do like the philosophy behind it, but I am afraid the introduction
> of the term "Free Hardware" will increase confusion about hardware
> licensing.
> cheers,
> drew
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