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Building Open Source Hardware: DIY Manufacturing for Hackers and Makers by Alicia Gibb

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2. OSHW Definition and Best Practices

Alicia Gibb

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Open Source Hardware Definition

The Open Source Hardware (OSHW) Definition serves as a set of agreed-upon standards for the main characteristics that open source hardware must have to be defined as open source hardware. Although open source software licenses and Creative Commons licenses existed prior to this definition, the open hardware community recognized that while these worked for documentation and source files, they did not fit the needs of physical formats. The major issue with these existing licenses is that hardware is not protected by copyright, which the Creative Commons licenses, GNU General Public License (GPL), and copyleft ...

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