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  • Henrique, the GNU licenses GPL and LGPL explicitly allow anyone to sell the work. They must include source code, and there are some details to that, but anyone is allowed to sell the work. Some consider that an important freedom for the health of free software; for example the OSD (Open Source Definition) and DFSG (Debian Free Software Guidelines), both require freedom to sell in point 1, and software with a 'no commercial use' license cannot be included in the main Debian distribution.

    Main problems are: commercial use is hard to define (for example, are you selling T-shirts with the project logo on... so the project is helping the sales of those T-shirts... if yes, the project is performing a commercial use even though it isn't sold itself), and that prohibiting anyone but the author to sell the work prevents growth of a community where all participants are equal, can fork it, support development financially or with project-related consulting, etc.
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  • Henrique ... excuse my late reply (must have missed the alert).

    I think that all these various initiatives defining open hardware (and OSHW is just one exampe) are doing brilliant, pioneering work -- however they somehow ignore, or abstract from, the limitations of the current legal system ... which probably is very important. Equally important, I think, is how to get that legal system to move to principles more adequate to the 21st century...
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  • Hi Peter,

    Nice overview, would like to see your view on the open hardware folks, that made a Open Hardware Definition (not a license) and as far as I understood, The Open Hardware definition claims that it is ok for anyone to sell the work, different from some Creative Commons licenses and totally different from Open Source Licenses like GNU.

    Do you think this open hardware definition will evolve to a license, and do you think they could be adopted by Fab Labs too?

    reference: Open Source Hardware (OSHW) Definition 1.0
    link: http://freedomdefined.org/OSHW
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Fab Lab IP and Sharing Mechanisms

  1. 1. Fab Lab,Intellectual Property & Sharing Peter Troxler trox@fabfolk.com
  2. 2. Peter Troxler•  2 years FabLab Amsterdam –  during this time also working with Creative Commons Netherlands•  since 2009 freelance FabLab expert & coach –  community stewardship –  FabLab topics: business models, management, documentation & sharing –  setting up Fab Labs: Switzerland (Luzern, Zurich), Netherlands (Rotterdam), …
  3. 3. Intellectual Property•  the notion, that the results of intellectual or creative work have the same (legal) qualities as physical property•  this idea makes some sense with unique artworks•  hard to understand why something that can be copied without taking away the original should be property
  4. 4. History of Patents•  Patents apparently existed in ancient Greece•  Monopolies, granted by the kings, e.g. –  1105 Count William of Mortagne grants a patent to a Norman abbot for erecting wind mills –  1449 Henry VI grants a patent to John of Utynam for making stained glass•  15th century Venice: patents on glass-making, mainly to control the trade•  1624, UK: Statute of Monopolies – Parliament act against monopolies granted by the Crown= monopolies should be granted only for the introduction of new manufactures to the inventor•  1790 patent law in the US•  1791 patent law in France
  5. 5. History of Copyright•  15th century Europe: the printing press•  Crown & church felt a need to control printing – license to print and trade books (i.e. censorship)•  England, 16th century: printers guild – Stationers’ company•  1709 Statute of Anne An Act for the Encouragement of Learning, by vesting the Copies of Printed Books in the Authors or purchasers of such Copies, during the Times therein mentioned= trade regulation –  limiting the term of protection –  breaking up the monopoly of the Stationers’ Company: copyright availability to anyone
  6. 6. Intellectual Property Protection•  protection of the commercial* interests of a creator/inventor•  a monopoly to use the creation/invention (thing) for commercial gain•  various types or protection, depending on the type of thing•  some types arise automatically, some types only on registration * in some types and legislations also moral interests
  7. 7. Fab CharterSecrecy: designs and processes developed in fab labs must remainavailable for individual use although intellectual property can beprotected however you choose•  Sharing for individual use – learning•  This is provided for in some of the legal IP protection mechanisms (privat use, educational “exception”, fair use
  8. 8. The Stuff We MakeWhattype of thingThings thatworkOrnamentalthingsBeautifulthingsElectroniccirquitsCode(Software)Documen-tation
  9. 9. The Stuff We MakeWhat Legallytype of thing speakingThings that inventionswork (technology)Ornamental industrialthings designsBeautiful works of artthings and literatureElectronic ? work of artcirquits and literatureCode invention /(Software) work of artDocumen- work of arttation and literature
  10. 10. The Stuff We MakeWhat Legally Protectiontype of thing speaking mechanismThings that inventions Patent 1work (technology)Ornamental industrial Industrialthings designs design right 2Beautiful works of art Copyrightthings and literatureElectronic ? work of art Copyrightcirquits and literatureCode invention / Patent /(Software) work of art CopyrightDocumen- work of art Copyrighttation and literature1 also: Utility model 2 Trademark: distinctive sign or indicator
  11. 11. Patent•  A patent consists of a set of exclusive rights granted by a sovereign state to an inventor or their assignee for a limited period of time in exchange for the public disclosure of an invention.•  The rights typically include the right to prevent others from making, using, selling, or distributing the patented invention without permission.•  A patent is granted upon application•  Typically a patent application must include one or more claims defining the invention which must meet the relevant patentability requirements such as novelty and non-obviousness.•  A patent lasts normally 20 years.
  12. 12. Industrial Design Right•  An Industrial Design Right protects the visual design of objects that are not purely utilitarian. An industrial design consists of the creation of a shape, configuration or composition of pattern or color, or combination of pattern and color in three dimensional form containing aesthetic value. An industrial design can be a two- or three-dimensional pattern used to produce a product, industrial commodity or handicraft.•  The rights typically include the right to prevent others from making, using, selling, or distributing the object without permission.•  The Design Right protection is granted upon application – however in the EU there is the Unregistered Design Right that automatically gives protection of 3 year from the first disclosure of the design•  A design must be novel and have individual character•  Design rights last normally up to 25 years in 5 year periods (need to be renewed)
  13. 13. Copyright•  Copyright gives the creator of an original work exclusive rights:•  Copyright it is "the right to copy", the right to determine who may financially benefit from it, who may adapt the work to other forms, who may perform the work (related rights); and it gives the creator the right to be be credited for the work, not to have it falsely attributed, and to not have their work used in a derogatory or prejudicial manner (moral rights).•  Copyright arises automatically with the (physical) creation of the work. In the US, copyright can be registered which gives additional rights to recompensations in case of infringement•  Copyright is applicable to any expressible form of an idea or information that is substantive and discrete. Some countries require the notion of originality.•  A note on moral rights: those can not be traded.•  Copyright normally lasts 70 years post mortem auctoris
  14. 14. Utility Models•  A utility model is an intellectual property right to protect inventions. This right is available in a number of many national statutes. It is very similar to the patent, but usually has less stringent patentability requirements.•  Petty patent (Indonesia), “poor man’s patent”•  Term often 6 to 15 years
  15. 15. Trademarks•  A trademark is the right to sue for unauthorized use of that trademark•  A trademark requires registration (®) – but not in the US, there it is sufficient to use it in trade, so there also exist unregistered trademarks (™)•  A trademark is typically a name, word, phrase, logo, symbol, design, image, or a combination of these elements. There is also a range of non-conventional trademarks comprising marks which do not fall into these standard categories, such as those based on color, smell, or sound.•  The registration of a trademark can be revoked•  Trademark needs to be maintained (renewed), typically every 10 years, indefinitely
  16. 16. Integrated Circuit Topologies•  Because of the functional nature of the mask geometry, the designs cannot be protected under copyright law (except perhaps as decorative art).•  Because individual lithographic mask works are not clearly protectable subject matter, they also cannot be effectively protected under patent law.•  So since the 1990s, national governments have been granting copyright-like intellectual property rights conferring time-limited exclusivity to reproduction of a particular layout.•  Protection term is much shorter: 10…15 years•  Protection upon registration or first commercial use
  17. 17. Trade Secret•  A trade secret is a formula, practice, process, design, instrument, pattern, or compilation of information which is not generally known or reasonably ascertainable, by which a business can obtain an economic advantage over competitors or customers. In some jurisdictions, such secrets are referred to as "confidential information" or "classified information".•  A company can protect its confidential information through non- compete and non-disclosure contracts with its employees or business partners.
  18. 18. The Stuff We MakeWhat Legally Protection What is stilltype of thing speaking mechanism possibleThings that inventions Patent private use,work (technology) research†Ornamental industrial Industrial private use,things designs design right inspirationBeautiful works of art Copyright private use,things and literature educationalElectronic ? work of art Copyright privat use,cirquits and literature educationalCode invention / Patent / see above(Software) work of art CopyrightDocumen- work of art Copyright private use,tation and literature educational† WARNING: not in the US
  19. 19. The Stuff We MakeWhat Legally Protection What is still Sharingtype of thing speaking mechanism possible mechanismThings that inventions Patent private use, Defensivework (technology) research publicationOrnamental industrial Industrial private use, ?things designs design right inspirationBeautiful works of art Copyright private use, Creativethings and literature educational CommonsElectronic ? work of art Copyright privat use, Creativecirquits and literature educational CommonsCode invention / Patent / see above FLOSS(Software) work of art Copyright licensesDocumen- work of art Copyright private use, Creativetation and literature educational Commons† WARNING: not in the US
  20. 20. Defensive Publication•  A defensive publication, or defensive disclosure, is an intellectual property strategy used to prevent another party from obtaining a patent on a product, apparatus or method for instance.•  The strategy consists in disclosing an enabling description and/or drawing of the product, apparatus or method so that it enters the public domain and becomes prior art.•  Therefore, the defensive publication of perhaps otherwise patentable information may work to defeat the novelty of a subsequent patent application.•  Needs to be available to a “relevant audience” (e.g. conference, trade journal)
  21. 21. Creative Commons•  A system of public licenses that grant reuse of copyrighted work•  The strategy is to use a publicly available, standardized license to replace the normal contractual relationship between rights holder and user.•  Rights holder can select, which restrictions s/he wants to add to the general permission to use, distribute or perform the work additionally to crediting the creator and mentioning the license –  Share-alike – user must re-license derivatives under the same license –  Non-commercial – use in connection with “making money” is not allowed (not even fundraising for a charity or putting on a blog with Google Ads to cover hosting costs) –  No derivatives – use only unaltered copies•  There are (up to now) national versions of the licenses – the idea was to adapt the licenses to national legislation. This is probably going to disappear•  Pay attention to compatibility issues when re-using material
  22. 22. FLOSS•  Free / Libre / Open Source Software•  Free Software –  Freedom 0: to run the program for any purpose –  Freedom 1: to study how the program works, and change it –  Freedom 2: to redistribute copies –  Freedom 3: to improve the program, and release modified versions•  Various licenses –  GPL –  LGPL –  BSD
  23. 23. The Stuff We MakeWhat Legally Protection What is still Sharingtype of thing speaking mechanism possible mechanismThings that inventions Patent private use, Defensivework (technology) research publicationOrnamental industrial Industrial private use, ?things designs design right inspirationBeautiful works of art Copyright private use, Creativethings and literature educational CommonsElectronic ? work of art Copyright privat use, Creativecirquits and literature educational CommonsCode invention / Patent / see above FLOSS(Software) work of art Copyright licensesDocumen- work of art Copyright private use, Creativetation and literature educational Commons
  24. 24. Case FabFi•  open-source, FabLab-grown system to transmit wireless ethernet signals across distances of up to several miles•  Documentation available at http://code.google.com/p/fabfi/wiki/ WikiHome?tm=6 under a Creative Commons by unported license, 3.0•  General project description available at http://fabfi.fablab.af/ under a Creative Commons by-sa license•  Uses various software components under various licenses, e.g. Squid web caching is distributed under the GNU General Public License (version 2), other licenses include the new BSD license (SchoolNet parts) and the Apache 2.0 license (LuCId http slave)
  25. 25. Case Ultimaker•  Open Source, FabLab-grown 3D printer, based on the RepRap•  Documentation available at http://reprap.org/wiki/Ultimaker %27s_v1.5.4_PCB and http://wiki.ultimaker.com/Main_Page under the GNU Free Documentation License•  Lasercut drawings available at http://www.thingiverse.com/thing: 13571 under Creative Commons by-nc unported license ver. 3.0•  Note that the GNU FDL and CC-BY-NC are not compatible; GNU FDL allows commercial reuse, GNU FDL requires preservation of “Invariant Sections”.
  26. 26. Neil GershenfeldThe bad news is that intellectual propertyis no longer protectable.The good news is that intellectual propertycan still exist, but it will not be based oncontrol of scarce resources.Companies will seek compensation by howthey add value, not on their control of IP.
  27. 27. Sources Used•  FabFi documentation –  http://fabfi.fablab.af –  http://code.google.com/p/fabfi/wiki•  Frumkin, M. (1945). The Origin of Patent Law. Journal of the Patent Office Society 27 (3) March 1945, 143-149. Available online: http://www.compilerpress.ca/Library/Frumkin%20Origin%20of%20Patents%20JPOS%201945.htm•  Schlesinger, D. (2010). The Globalization of Science and Technology. Available at http://www.weforum.org/sessions/summary/ globalization-science-and-technology•  Ultimaker documentation: –  http://reprap.org/wiki/Ultimaker%27s_v1.5.4_PCB –  http://wiki.ultimaker.com/Main_Page –  http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:13571•  Wikipedia articles on the subjects (all under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, http://creativecommons.org/ licenses/by-sa/3.0/): –  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_patent_law –  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_of_Utynam –  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_copyright_law –  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statute_of_Anne –  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patent –  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Industrial_design_rights –  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright –  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agreement_on_Trade-Related_Aspects_of_Intellectual_Property_Rights –  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gebrauchsmuster –  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utility_model –  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trademark –  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trade_secret –  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Integrated_circuit_layout_design_protection