Re: Hardware license
On Monday 02 December 2002 21:04, Walter Landry wrote:
> Rich Walker <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > Terry Hancock <email@example.com> writes:
> > Yes; I'm currently looking at that and the OpenIPCore
> > license.
> > http://www.opencores.org/OIPC/OHGPL.shtml.
> > Are these both compliant licenses?
> The OpenIPCore license is a more of a copyleft, so you'll
> probably be happier with it. Looking through the license, it
> looks mostly ok.
There are some points about it that strike me. Maybe I'm
completely wrong about it...
1. This license is only a draft. Is it a good idea to use it
already? Future versions could be incompatible with it.
2. Is this license GPL compatible? In the future, digital
devices will propably use the GPLed F-CPU, so this might be
a big problem, then.
3. AFAIK, the copyleft in the GPL is not strong enough to
prevent that a chip that has been built from a GPLed design
is bought by a non-licensee, and resold, soldered into a
non-free circuit. This is like creating a non-free artwork
out of Debian CDs, but far more severe. I am not sure if
there is a possible strategy about this at all, and what the
OHGPL is doing about this.
4. I can't find the phrase that allows distribution of a
5. Paragraph 3, which forbids selling but allows a fee OTOH,
seems to be against the wording of DFSG 1. Is there a
license that has been classified DFSG-free which uses a