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Re: Hardware license

Walter Landry <wlandry@ucsd.edu> writes:


> > Umm; the .sch and .pcb files are not really source code; they are more
> > like .pdf files. Also, I'm using a GPL rather than BSD license for the
> > traditional philosophical reasons: this is an addition to the commons,
> > rather than a gift to the public domain.
> If the .sch and .pcb files are not the preferred form for making
> modifications, then what is?  

The .sch file is only the preferred form for making modifications when
loaded into an application, which presents a rendering of it. You would
*not* edit the .sch file; you would use gschem to work on it. So it's
equivalent to, say, a gimp save-file. The .pcb file is similar.

> Could you distribute that?  In that
> case, you could use a slightly modified GPL, where you replace "object
> code" with "non-source derivative works".
> Regards,
> Walter Landry
> wlandry@ucsd.edu

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