[Community] Is the gta04 openphoenux is open hardware?
Dr. H. Nikolaus Schaller
hns at goldelico.com
Wed Nov 14 06:35:34 CET 2012
Am 14.11.2012 um 05:38 schrieb Nadav Vinik:
> On 13 November 2012 20:34, Dr. H. Nikolaus Schaller <hns at goldelico.com> wrote:
> it is hardware that tries to be as good documented as it can be made - to support free and open software.
> Am 13.11.2012 um 18:45 schrieb Nadav Vinik:
>> I search for the scheme for the gta04 and I found it only in the guide which have none free license: cc-by-NC-sa.
>> The original openmoko have open licence: GFDL.
>> if gta04 is really based on the previews openmoko it should also be GFDL or at least any open license as it represent as it
> The GTA04 schematics and the manual are completely independently authored original work.
> And the NC clause does only mean that you are not allowed to print the document and charge money for the copies of the printed document. You *can* copy and distribute them (NC). And like with any textbook, you can use the contents of the documents and what you learn from them to make your own design.
> So the NC clause is not an restriction for freedom, if you assume that.
> So why not to copy or separate the schemes to another guide with better licence?
What do you want to achieve with the schematics where the NC clause makes a problem? Add it to your book and sell it for money? This project needs every cent of money to survive...
You can still *use* the schematics to design your own device that is 100% compatible because the components are wired up identically. The hardware itself is neither protected nor restricted by copyright and such licenses.
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