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Re: [libreplanet-discuss] GPL for physical object

From: David Hedlund
Subject: Re: [libreplanet-discuss] GPL for physical object
Date: Wed, 4 Oct 2017 21:34:20 +0200
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       Licenses for Designs for Physical Objects

(#Designs <>)

Circuits are meant for practical use, so circuit designs should carry a free license. We recommend releasing them under the GNU General Public License, version 3 or later. Version 3 was designed for such use.

3D-printer plans for objects meant for practical use should also be free. We recommend the GNU GPL or one of the Creative Commons licenses that are free: CC-BY, CC-BY-SA, or CC0.

3D-printer plans for decorative objects are artistic works; any of the Creative Commons licenses is ok for them.

On 2017-10-04 20:03, Adonay Felipe Nogueira wrote:
Important note: I'm not a lawyer.

Trademarks aren't a problem, the problem comes from the trademark
*policy*. As an example, we have Mozilla's which limits or forbids
selling copies of the original software (the trademark policy given as
example might also have other problems that I'm unaware of).

Although I don't know what you mean by "releasing the trademark under
the GPL".

Perhaps there are lawyers that might be able to help. I don't know if
these have lawyers, but it's worth mentioning:

- Software Freedom Conservancy: <>.
- Software Freedom Law Center: <>.

Also, the last one has an interesting guide that talks about trademarks:

Julian Daich <> writes:


I am working on a medical device and plan to release it under the GPL,
most probably the AGPL. I know that is possible to have the design the
design under the GPL, but for the physical object the situation is
more complex. I think about make a trademark that will cover the
decorative features and releasing the trademark under the GPL. Should
be possible? Have somebody try that?



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