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Re: Library License


I think that while C would be a concern if KiCAD were a commercial
effort, it is in fact desirable for an open source project to be thus
pillaged. Either true value added is provided by a good company and
KiCAD get's some credit; or you sic the EFF on them and get some publicity.

Anyway, here's my opinion:
Each asset ( footprint, symbol, 3d model, schematic and layout) needs to
have a field where the creator and his chosen license can be recorded.

Everyone can contribute assets with licenses that suite them and
everyone can search for assets with licenses that work for their
application. SWEET network repository stuff should make this simple
right? Everyone gets to play and kicad benefits from extra contributors.

I think projects with more permissive licenses get more contributors. I
think that if KiCAD wants to be THE EDA, then it should want to be
forked, copied, stolen from for commercial gain, etc.

On 24/03/2012 3:01 p.m., Dick Hollenbeck wrote:
> [components] --A-->  [KiCad board file]  --B-->  [pcb hardware]
> [components] --C-->  [Commercial software board file]
> Seems we have universal agreement that we are not trying to restrict A or B.
> [pcb hardware]  --D--> [pcb hardware]
> There is some question as to whether anyone can restrict copying of hardware, D.
> C remains a concern.
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