[TangerineSDR] Tangerine licensing

Tom McDermott tom.n5eg at gmail.com
Thu Apr 2 13:31:34 EDT 2020

Hi John   [OFF LIST]

I have been trying to figure out how to fill out Schedule A.  My concern is
that it is not TAPR
providing the resources, but someone else.  I have asked Scotty numerous
times who is
providing the funding for the boards, layout person, prototypes, etc. but
have never received
any response.

I'd like to fill out the form, I just don't know how.

-- Tom, N5EG

On Thu, Apr 2, 2020 at 8:45 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.
> Thanks,
> John
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