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The TAPR Noncommercial Hardware License

TAPR has deprecated the Noncommercial Hardware License ("NCL") and recommends against its use in new projects.

Experience has shown that the NCL does not provide the benefits it was intended to. The TAPR Open Hardware License ("OHL") is identical to the NCL but does not place any limitation on commercial use of OHL designs. We encourage you to use the Open Hardware License, as it more closely follows the Open Source software philosophy than does the NCL.

Here are links to download the TAPR Noncommercial Hardware License:

FormatFilename  MD5 Checksum
ODFTAPR_Noncommercial_Hardware_License_v1.0.odt   04ff192837aeffa1352fdeac71f73ff7
PDFTAPR_Noncommercial_Hardware_License_v1.0.pdf   11866abf47bcb8cdc114d821ff90c557
TextTAPR_Noncommercial_Hardware_License_v1.0.txt   c0cc4e5e4b938e27815e160a64403394

The TAPR Open Hardware License

TAPR has created another license, the TAPR Open Hardware License ("OHL"), which is identical to the NCL but does not place any limitation on commercial use of OHL designs. We encourage you to use the Open Hardware License if you can, as it more closely follows the Open Source software philosophy than does the NCL.


Credits

John Ackermann, N8UR, is the author of the TAPR Noncommercial Hardware License. John is an attorney who specializes in software licensing. He was assisted by a number of both active developers and lawyers who reviewed innumerable drafts and provided valuable feedback.

The primary review mechanism was an "OHL Development" mailing list. The members of that list include: Lyle Johnson, KK7P, Bruce Perens, K6BP, Bdale Garbee, KB0G, David Toth, VE3GYQ, Don Jackson, AE5K, Chris Day, AE6VK, Rick Hambly, W2GPS, and Darryl Smith, VK2TDS.

In February, 2007, a public comment period took place, hosted at Technocrat.net. That conversation resulted in a number of improvements to the NCL. You may review the comments here.

John would particularly like to thank Bdale Garbee, Lyle Johnson, Bruce Perens, and especially his colleagues Kirk Johnsen and Professor Robert Lech, for help that went above and beyond the call of duty.

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