[TangerineSDR] Tangerine licensing
kv0s.dave at gmail.com
Thu Apr 2 12:28:52 EDT 2020
Are there preferences?
openhpsdr.org used GPL2 and GPL3 depending on the time frame the software
There are lots of choices.
On Thu, Apr 2, 2020 at 10:45 AM John Ackermann N8UR via TangerineSDR <
tangerinesdr at lists.tapr.org> wrote:
> This thought was prompted by my other message...
> We should formalize the requirements for licensing Tangerine hardware
> and software work product.
> For software, I would recommend simply requiring an OSF-approved open
> source license. We should consider a copyright assignment from
> contributors, as discussed below. While I'd personally prefer to use
> GPL, that could be an inhibiting factor for some organizations that
> might be involved so I'm comfortable with allowing any OSF license.
> For hardware, I think we've agreed that the TAPR OHL
> (http://tapr.org/OHL) should be used.
> But because of the economics of hardware design and manufacture, the
> implementation is not quite as straigh-forward as for software. The
> problem is that immediately publishing the full design documentation
> with gerbers, etc., could bring on competitors who might undercut the
> market while TAPR is left holding inventory that required significant
> up-front investment (we had first-hand experience with this problem
> several years ago).
> The way TAPR has normally dealt with this issue is to ask each design
> contributor to sign an agreement that says a few things:
> 1. The product will be licensed under OHL.
> 2. TAPR has the exclusive right to produce an initial production run of
> the Product. That right ends __ days after first product shipment.
> 3. Developer may release descriptions, images, and schematics at any
> time, but may not provide Gerbers or other manufacturing documentation
> until after the exclusivity period ends.
> 4. Once the exclusivity period is over, everyone has the right to
> publish full manufacturing documentation.
> 5. Developer assigns his/her IP rights in the design to TAPR, and TAPR
> gives back a very broad license that pretty much allows the developer to
> do whatever they want except outright sell the IP. This is similar to
> what the FSF does with individual contributors to its software projects;
> it gets the project rights in one place to make potential negotiations
> easier (e.g., offering products under a dual-license structure).
> A copy of an agreement to accomplish that is attached. I'd welcome any
> thoughts about this approach, but it is something we should close on
> pretty soon.
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KV0S - Dave Larsen
Columbia, MO, USA
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