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Re: Library License



Printed circuit boards and their fabrication inputs and even their
designs are neither subject to nor protected by copyright.  The same
applies for schematics.  GPL2 only addresses copyright, so for board
designs and fabrication outputs you can ignore it.

Ask youself whether you want to use freerouter if your design is
not protected by patent... ;)


On Wed, 21 Mar 2012, Kenta Yonekura wrote:

> Dear All,
> I have a question for KiCad default library.
> Now, it's released under GPLv2.
> http://bazaar.launchpad.net/~kicad-lib-committers/kicad/library/revision/113/COPYRIGHT.txt
> If I make a '.sch', '.brd' or any gerber data using it, my data will
> become GPLed?
> When I checked some files that I made using default library,
> '.sch' file does not contain any datas from default library
> but '.brd' file seems to contain those..
> In this case, as far as I know, '.brd' file is definitely GPLed and
> also '.mod' files that were
> used to make '.brd' file become GPLed. If this '.brd' file is made
> with '.sch' file,
> it's also become GPLed, of course '.lib' files used in 'sch' file become GPLed.
> I don't know whether the gerber data become GPLed or not.
> I want to know how to make gerber datas which were not released under GPL.
> Thanks,
> Kenta
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