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Re: Library License
Printed circuit board designs are not protected under copyright.
On Wed, 21 Mar 2012, Miguel Angel Ajo Pelayo wrote:
> For wider adoption, may be a LGPL / MIT or BSD license would make more sense.
> In my opinion the libraries may be license neutral, or public domain.
> It would be great if companies started using Kicad for normal
> development without
> any legal problems.
> 2012/3/21 Kenta Yonekura <millstir@xxxxxxxxx>:
> > 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
> > /**
> > *@author Kenta Yonekura
> > *@mail millstir@xxxxxxxxx
> > *@see http://blog.livedoor.jp/k_yon/
> > */
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