[oshug] Open Hardware Licensing and Models for Sustainability, 27th May.

Andrew Back andrew at osmosoft.com
Sun May 9 11:45:45 UTC 2010


For our second meeting we've presentations from Andrew Katz on licensing
Open Source Hardware projects and a representative from Pay It Forward on
Altruistic 3D printing using RepRap.

- Free and open source software is mainstream. Free and open hardware isn't.

Andrew is increasingly involved in open hardware, and considers what, if
anything, is different about hardware which makes open projects a challenge,
and whether it is possible to construct a licence, like the GPL, which has a
copyleft element applicable to hardware.

Andrew Katz is a partner at Moorcrofts LLP, a boutique law firm in England's
Thames Valley and advises a wide range of businesses on free and open source
related issues. He has lectured and published widely on the subject and is a
founder editor of the International Free and Open Source Software Law
Review. Before becoming a solicitor, he trained as a barrister, and
moonlighted as a programmer during his studies at Bar School, programming in
Turbo Pascal. He has released software under the GPL.

- Pay It Forward — Alturistic 3D Printing

Pay It Forward is a movement to bootstrap the thingiverse using RepStrap
machines to print parts to help other people get started with RepRap

Please register to attend via http://oshugsust.eventbrite.com and share via
http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/5849274/ .

And thanks to Paul for further updates to http://oshug.org, including a
shiny new logo!



Andrew Back
mailto:andrew at osmosoft.com

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