Version 1.1 of the definition has been released. Please help updating it, contribute translations, and help us with the design of logos and buttons to identify free cultural works and licenses!

Editing OSHW

Jump to navigation Jump to search

Warning: You are not logged in. Your IP address will be publicly visible if you make any edits. If you log in or create an account, your edits will be attributed to your username, along with other benefits.

The edit can be undone. Please check the comparison below to verify that this is what you want to do, and then save the changes below to finish undoing the edit.

Latest revision Your text
Line 1: Line 1:
[[File:Oshw-logo.png|thumb|[[#Logo repository|The Open Source Hardware Logo]]]]
 
 
This page hosts the current proposed Open Source Hardware (OSHW) Statement of Principles and Definition v1.0.  The statement of principles is a high-level overview of the ideals of open-source hardware.  The definition is an attempt to apply those ideals to a standard by which to evaluate licenses for hardware designs.
 
This page hosts the current proposed Open Source Hardware (OSHW) Statement of Principles and Definition v1.0.  The statement of principles is a high-level overview of the ideals of open-source hardware.  The definition is an attempt to apply those ideals to a standard by which to evaluate licenses for hardware designs.
  
To endorse the Open Source Hardware Definition 1.0, please add your name (and affiliation) [[#Endorsements|below]].
+
To endorse the Open Source Hardware Definition 1.0, please add your name (and affiliation)  
 +
[http://freedomdefined.org/OSHW#Endorsements below]
  
[[OSHW older drafts|Older drafts of the definition are also available]].
+
[http://freedomdefined.org/OSHW_older_drafts Older drafts of the definition are also available].  
  
 
Compiled community feedback from previous versions of the Definition can be found [http://www.openhardwaresummit.org/compiled-feedback/ here]
 
Compiled community feedback from previous versions of the Definition can be found [http://www.openhardwaresummit.org/compiled-feedback/ here]
  
If you would like to propose changes to the statement of principles or definition, please do so on the [[OSHW draft|work-in-progress draft]]. And, please edit while signed in, not anonymously.
+
If you would like to propose changes to the statement of principles or definition, please do so on the [http://freedomdefined.org/OSHW_draft work-in-progress draft]. And, please edit while signed in, not anonymously.
 +
 
  
 
''Please join the conversation about the definition [http://openhardwaresummit.org/forum here]''
 
''Please join the conversation about the definition [http://openhardwaresummit.org/forum here]''
Line 25: Line 26:
 
Open Source Hardware (OSHW) is a term for tangible artifacts -- machines, devices, or other physical things -- whose design has been released to the public in such a way that anyone can make, modify, distribute, and use those things. This definition is intended to help provide guidelines for the development and evaluation of licenses for Open Source Hardware.
 
Open Source Hardware (OSHW) is a term for tangible artifacts -- machines, devices, or other physical things -- whose design has been released to the public in such a way that anyone can make, modify, distribute, and use those things. This definition is intended to help provide guidelines for the development and evaluation of licenses for Open Source Hardware.
  
Hardware is different from software in that physical resources must always be committed for the creation of physical goods. Accordingly, persons or companies producing items ("products") under an OSHW license have an obligation to make it clear that such products are not manufactured, sold, warrantied, or otherwise sanctioned by the original designer and also not to make use of any trademarks owned by the original designer.
+
It is important to note that hardware is different from software in that physical resources must always be committed for the creation of physical goods. Accordingly, persons or companies producing items ("products") under an OSHW license have an obligation not to imply that such products are manufactured, sold, warrantied, or otherwise sanctioned by the original designer and also not to make use of any trademarks owned by the original designer.
  
 
The distribution terms of Open Source Hardware must comply with the following criteria:
 
The distribution terms of Open Source Hardware must comply with the following criteria:
Line 43: Line 44:
 
a)  The interfaces are sufficiently documented such that it could reasonably be considered straightforward to write open source software that allows the device to operate properly and fulfill its essential functions. For example, this may include the use of detailed signal timing diagrams or pseudocode to clearly illustrate the interface in operation.
 
a)  The interfaces are sufficiently documented such that it could reasonably be considered straightforward to write open source software that allows the device to operate properly and fulfill its essential functions. For example, this may include the use of detailed signal timing diagrams or pseudocode to clearly illustrate the interface in operation.
  
b) The necessary software is released under an [http://www.opensource.org/ OSI]-approved open source license.
+
b) The necessary software is released under an OSI-approved open source license.
  
 
'''4. Derived Works'''
 
'''4. Derived Works'''
  
The license shall allow modifications and derived works, and shall allow them to be distributed under the same terms as the license of the original work.  The license shall allow for the manufacture, sale, distribution, and use of products created from the design files, the design files themselves, and derivatives thereof.
+
The license shall allow modifications and derived works, and shall allow them to be distributed under the same terms as the license of the original work.  The license shall allow for the manufacture, sale, distribution, and use of products created from the design files, the design files themselves, and derivatives therof.
 
   
 
   
 
'''5. Free redistribution'''
 
'''5. Free redistribution'''
Line 89: Line 90:
 
== Licenses and Hardware ==
 
== Licenses and Hardware ==
  
In promoting Open Hardware, it is important to make it clear to designers the extent to which their licenses actually can control their designs. Under U.S. law, and law in many other places, copyright does not apply to electronic designs. [[Patent]]s do. The result is that an Open Hardware license can in general be used to restrict the ''plans'' but ''not'' the manufactured devices or even restatements of the same design that are not textual copies of the original. The applicable section of copyright law is 17.102(b), which says:
+
In promoting Open Hardware, it is important not to unintentionally deceive designers regarding the extent to which their licenses actually can control their designs. Under U.S. law, and law in many other places, copyright does not apply to electronic designs. Patents do. The result is that an Open Hardware license can in general be used to restrict the ''plans'' but probably ''not'' the manufactured devices or even restatements of the same design that are not textual copies of the original. The applicable section of copyright law is 17.102(b), which says:
  
 
:''In no case does copyright protection for an original work of authorship extend to any idea, procedure, process, system, method of operation, concept, principle, or discovery, regardless of the form in which it is described, explained, illustrated, or embodied in such work.''
 
:''In no case does copyright protection for an original work of authorship extend to any idea, procedure, process, system, method of operation, concept, principle, or discovery, regardless of the form in which it is described, explained, illustrated, or embodied in such work.''
  
== Translations ==
+
== Endorsements ==
  
The below translations have been offered by members of the community and should be checked for accuracy and possible language problems.  
+
OSHW Draft Definition 1.0 has been endorsed by the following persons and/or organization as of February 10th, 2011.
 +
Please feel free to add (''your own'' names) to this section. Listing your affiliation is optional for personal endorsements, and endorsements are presumed to be personal unless the organization name is listed separately.
  
{{:OSHW/translations}}
+
''Please join the conversation about the definition [http://openhardwaresummit.org/forum here]''
 
 
== Logo repository ==
 
 
 
The open source hardware logo lives at [http://www.oshwa.org/open-source-hardware-logo/ oshwa.org].
 
  
{{:OSHW/endorsements}}
+
* Akiba, [http://www.freaklabs.org/ FreakLabs]
 +
* Joseph H Althaus
 +
* Mitch Altman [http://cornfieldelectronics.com/ Cornfield Electronics]
 +
* Chris Anderson, [http://www.diydrones.com/ 3D Robotics/DIY Drones]
 +
* David Ankers & James Cotton, [http://www.OpenPilot.org The OpenPilot Foundation]
 +
* Andrew Back [http://oshug.org Open Source Hardware User Group]
 +
* Asim Baig, [http://www.tinkeract.com/ Tinkeract]
 +
* Massimo Banzi [http://www.arduino.cc Arduino]
 +
* Jim Barkley, [http://www.mitre.org/ The MITRE Corporation]
 +
* Geoffrey L. Barrows, [http://www.centeye.com Centeye, Inc.] and [http://www.embeddedeye.com Embedded Eye]
 +
* Ayah Bdeir, [http://www.littleBits.cc littleBits.cc]/[http://www.eyebeam.org Eyebeam]/[http://www.creativecommons.org Creative Commons]
 +
* Matthew Beckler, [http://www.wayneandlayne.com Wayne and Layne]
 +
* Mario Behling, [http://mbm.vn/ MBM]
 +
* Bryan Bishop, [http://gnusha.org/skdb/ SKDB] [http://humanityplus.org/ Humanity+]
 +
* Bastian Bittorf [http://bittorf-wireless.de/ bittorf wireless ))]
 +
* Boseji [http://m8051.blogspot.com Electronics For Bharat]|[http://adharlabs.in A.D.H.A.R Labs]
 +
* Rémi Boulle, [http://www.april.org/ April]
 +
* Eric Boyd, [http://sensebridge.net/ Sensebridge]
 +
* Luigi Carnevale, [http://www.droids.it/ Droids]
 +
* David Carrier, [http://www.parallax.com Parallax Inc.]
 +
* Dan Clark [http://gzero.org GroundZero Labs]
 +
* Charles Collis, [http://www.adciv.org AdCiv.org]
 +
* Constantin Craciun [http://harkopen.com/ Harkopen.com - open source hardware community]
 +
* David Dahl
 +
* Hong Phuc Dang [http://fossasia.org/ FOSSASIA]
 +
* John M. De Cristofaro
 +
* Stacy L. Devino, [http://doesitpew.blogspot.com/ Does it Pew?][http://www.stacydevino.com/ aka childofthehorn]
 +
* Lenore Edman, [http://evilmadscience.com/ Evil Mad Science]
 +
* Charles Edward Pax, [http://www.makerbot.com/ Makerbot Industries]
 +
* Robert Fitzsimons [http://partfusion.com/ Part Fusion Electronics]
 +
* Limor Fried, [http://www.adafruit.com/ Adafruit Industries]
 +
* Daniel Garcia [http://www.protostack.com Protostack]
 +
* Andy Gelme, [http://hackmelbourne.org Connected Community HackerSpace], Melbourne, Australia and [http://geekscape.org Geekscape Pty. Ltd.]
 +
* Alicia Gibb [http://www.buglabs.net Bug Labs]
 +
* Steve Gifford, [http://www.chipstobits.com Chips To Bits]
 +
* Thomas Gokey, [http://thomasgokey.com/ artist]
 +
* James Grahame, [http://reflexaudio.com Reflex Audio] [http://meeblip.com MeeBlip]
 +
* Greg Grossmeier, [http://grossmeier.net Open Evangelist]
 +
* George Hadley, [http://nbitwonder.com NBitWonder]
 +
* Usman Haque, [http://www.pachube.com/ Pachube]
 +
* Steve Hoefer [http://grathio.com/ Grathio Labs]
 +
* Dave Hrynkiw [http://www.solarbotics.com/ Solarbotics Ltd.], [http://www.hvwtech.com/ HVW Technologies]
 +
* Tom Igoe, [http://www.arduino.cc Arduino] [http://itp.nyu.edu ITP, NYU]
 +
* Chris Jefferies, [http://chrisjx.wordpress.com/ Tinaja Labs]
 +
* Ron K. Jeffries, Jeffries Research
 +
* Frédéric Jourdan, [http://shop.snootlab.com Snootlab]
 +
* Jeff Karney [http://jkdevices.com JK Devices]
 +
* Jeff Keyzer [http://mightyohm.com MightyOhm Engineering]
 +
* Peter Kirn, [http://createdigitalmusic.com Create Digital Music] [http://meeblip.com MeeBlip]
 +
* Scot Kornak, [http://www.busboard.us/ BusBoard Prototype Systems Ltd.]
 +
* Michael Krumpus [http://nootropicdesign.com/ nootropic design]
 +
* Anil Kumar Pugalia ([http://profession.sarika-pugs.com Pugs' Passion])
 +
* Jon Kuniholm, [http://openprosthetics.ning.com/ The Open Prosthetics Project]
 +
* Ben Leduc-Mills [http://l3d.cs.colorado.edu/~ctg/Craft_Tech.html Craft Technology Lab]
 +
* John Lejeune, [http://hackable-devices.org h:D]
 +
* Nicholas C Lewis, [http://reprapbreeding.com/ A RapRap Breeding Program]
 +
* Marcus A. Link [http://www.manupool.de Manupool - A Product Development Community]
 +
* Ben Lipkowitz, [http://gnusha.org/skdb/ SKDB] [http://reprap.org/ reprap]
 +
* Federico Lucifredi [http://www.novell.com/linux/ SUSE Linux]
 +
* Guy Macon [http://GuyMacon.com/ Geek Whisperers]
 +
* Jean-Marc Giacalone, [http://www.emakershop.com eMAKERshop]
 +
* Alexandre Marino [http://www.alreves.org/ Al Revés]
 +
* Jon Masters [http://www.jonmasters.org/ www.jonmasters.org]
 +
* Adam Mayer, [http://www.makerbot.com/ Makerbot Industries]
 +
* Stuart McFarlan, [http://www.oomlout.com .:oomlout:.]
 +
* Sascha Meinrath, [http://oti.newamerica.net/ Open Technology Initiative]
 +
* David A. Mellis, [http://arduino.cc Arduino]
 +
* Eric Michaud [http://www.i11industries.com i11 Industries]
 +
* Cláudio Miklós, [http://www.miklos.blog.br/ Miklos Blog]
 +
* Amon Millner [http://scratch.mit.edu/ Scratch & MIT], [http://www.olin.edu/ Olin College], and [http://modk.it/ Modkit]
 +
* Jeff Moe, [http://www.alephobjects.com/ Aleph Objects, Inc.]
 +
* Roy Mohan Shearer, [http://www.openthing.org/ Openthing]
 +
* Louis Montagne, [http://bearstech.com Bearstech]
 +
* Cécile Montagne, [http://open-devices.com open-devices]
 +
* William Morris, [http://www.iheartrobotics.com I Heart Robotics]/[http://www.iheartengineering.com I Heart Engineering]
 +
* Catarina Mota, [http://openmaterials.org openMaterials]
 +
* Joel Murphy [http://www.rachelselectronics.com/ Rachel's Electronics] [http://www.newschool.edu/parsons/mfa-design-technology/ Parsons D+T]
 +
* Chris Murray, [http://www.unitedgreenworks.com/ United Greenworks Association]
 +
* Raghavan Nagabhirava
 +
* Juergen Neumann, [http://www.ohanda.org/ OHANDA - Open Source Hardware and Design Alliance]
 +
* Pierce Nichols [http://logos-electro.com Logos Electromechanical LLC]
 +
* Windell Oskay, [http://evilmadscience.com/ Evil Mad Science]
 +
* Michael Ossmann, [http://greatscottgadgets.com/ Great Scott Gadgets]
 +
* Raúl Oviedo [http://ayudaelectronica.com/ Ingenieria Electronica]
 +
* Jonathan Oxer, [http://www.freetronics.com/ Freetronics]
 +
* Mitch Patterson(mitpatterson) [http://mitchstechblog.wordpress.com/ Mitch's Tech Blog]
 +
* Hélio Pereira
 +
* Sterling Pickens, [http://www.linuxsociety.org/ linuxsociety]
 +
* Will Pickering, [http://www.FunGizmos.com FunGizmos]
 +
* Frank Piller, [http://tim.rwth-aachen.de/ rwth-aachen university]
 +
* Andrew Plumb, [http://clothbot.com/wiki/Main_Page ClothBot Designs]
 +
* Alok Prasad
 +
* Mike Provenzano, Progunn Industries
 +
* Matthieu Quadrini, [http://openscb.org/ OpenSCB]
 +
* David Reyes Samblás Martínez [http://www.tuxbrain.com/ Tuxbrain]
 +
* Dustyn Roberts, [http://www.dustynrobots.com/ dustynrobots]
 +
* Jimmie P. Rodgers [http://jimmieprodgers.com/ JimmiePRodgers.com]
 +
* Julien Rouviere, [http://openscb.org/ OpenSCB]
 +
* Johnny Russell [http://ultimachine.com/ UltiMachine]
 +
* Jeff Saltzman, [http://jmsarduino.blogspot.com/ Jeff's Arduino Blog]
 +
* Nis Sarup
 +
* Samuel Sayer, [http://www.mitre.org The MITRE Corporation]
 +
* Hans Scharler [http://iobridge.com ioBridge] [http://thingspeak.com ThingSpeak]
 +
* Nathan Seidle [http://www.sparkfun.com SparkFun Electronics]
 +
* Bill Shaw [http://inanimatereason.com/ Inanimate Reason]
 +
* Christian Siefkes, [http://www.keimform.de/ keimform.de]
 +
* J. Simmons [http://mach30.org/ Mach 30: Foundation for Space Development]
 +
* David Siren Eisner, [http://www.inmojo.com InMojo]
 +
* Andrew Sliwinski [http://www.omnicorpdetroit.com/ OmniCorpDetroit]
 +
* Diego Spinola [http://www.hackeneering.com/ Hackeneering]
 +
* Brandon Stafford, [http://rascalmicro.com Rascal Micro]
 +
* Becky Stern, [http://www.makezine.com/ MAKE magazine]
 +
* Andrew Stone, [http://www.toastedcircuits.com Toasted Circuits]
 +
* Phillip Torrone, [http://www.makezine.com/ MAKE magazine] [http://www.adafruit.com/ Adafruit Industries]
 +
* Wayne Truchsess [http://dsscircuits.com/ DSS Circuits]
 +
* Carmen Trudell [http://www.fluxxlab.com Fluxxlab]
 +
* Wim Vandeputte, [http://kd85.com kd85]
 +
* Addie Wagenknecht and Stefan Hechenberger [http://labs.nortd.com/ Nortd Labs]  [http://www.eyebeam.org Eyebeam]  [http://lasersaur.com/ Lasersaur]
 +
* Chris Walker, [http://www.netduino.com Netduino] [http://www.secretlabs.com Secret Labs]
 +
* Bernt Weber, [http://www.splashelec.com/ Splashelec]
 +
* John  Wilbanks, [http://www.creativecommons.org Creative Commons]
 +
* Adam Wolf, [http://www.wayneandlayne.com Wayne and Layne]
 +
* Amanda Wozniak, [http://www.ninjas.org/ Ninja Networks]
 +
* Charles Yarnold

Please note that all contributions to Definition of Free Cultural Works are considered to be released under the Attribution 2.5 (see Definition of Free Cultural Works:Copyrights for details). If you do not want your writing to be edited mercilessly and redistributed at will, then do not submit it here.
You are also promising us that you wrote this yourself, or copied it from a public domain or similar free resource. Do not submit copyrighted work without permission!

To protect the wiki against automated edit spam, we kindly ask you to solve the following CAPTCHA:

Cancel Editing help (opens in new window)

Templates used on this page: