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A couple of us from MAKE attended an inspirational meeting on Wednesday at Eyebeam in NYC with the most influential people in open source hardware including Limor Fried, Bunnie Huang (Chumby), and the Arduino team. Legal counsel from Creative Commons brought answers to many of our questions, and we discussed the future for open source hardware:

We all agree open sourcing hardware is important, and as practitioners, many of us have been involved in work, research and talks about it. To date, no universal “right solution” exists. While Creative Commons licenses are widely used for software, there is a growing number of groups using the licenses for hardware, without necessarily accounting for the difficulties and restrictions hardware imposes. In short, open source for hardware is not like open source for software, and thus cannot use the same legal tools.

The purpose of this workshop is to create a direct dialogue between Creative Commons and some of the most significant players in the Open Source Hardware Community . CC representatives will be sharing their perspectives while listening to the needs and perspectives of this community, in order to help form more appropriate licensing options for open hardware.

Thanks to Ayah Bdeir and Eyebeam for organizing/hosting. Pictured above is the group, and the FIRST ARDUINO EVER MADE, toted around in a box of prototypes by Massimo Banzi himself. Check out PT’s Flickr photos.

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Becky Stern

Becky Stern is head of wearable electronics at Adafruit Industries. Her personal site: sternlab.org


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  1. Carnes says:

    What did you guys/girls come up with? The handout is only good as proof that PT can smile.

    Or you could print it out with minor modifications and make some sort of DIY/Maker Card game?

    “I summon a Becky, she crafts a Dress out of your computer. You are forced to wear the Techno-Dress for no less than 5 turns. You suffer 2 points of awkward moments and gain 3 point of awesome if you are a girl.”

    1. volkemon says:

      Heh heh.. sorry PT , can’t resist..
      Off the post….but I was following someones tracks! ;)

      @ Carnes…maybe the pic has been altered and reposted since your comment, but PT ‘s smile seems to be hidden in my current pic…

      But there is video evidence that PT indeed smiles as seen in the Square Wheel Trike post at 00:16

      http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2009/09/square_bike.html

      “Every time PT smiles a demon loses its bat wings in hell” … Gareth Branwyn

      Comments RULE!!!

    2. Becky Stern says:

      hah!

  2. volkemon says:

    Ahhhh…. followed the link to the handout. Indeed a Smile! ( another demon hits ground..)

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/pmtorrone/4444609467/in/photostream/ Lower left…

    I sit corrected, Carnes!

  3. Gareth Branwyn says:

    The pic of PT smiling is awesome. He’s even more handsome when he smiles. We hate him for that. :-)

    I love the Maker Card Game idea. We did a bOING bOING (pre-Web, print bOING bOING) board game years ago. I don’t know if anyone else ever played it, but we sure as hell had fun making it (think: really drunk zinesters in a hotel room in Austin at a science fiction convention. Good times). Can’t remember what my powers/abilities/liabilities were. My card/character’s name was Garnet Baldwyg. As I recall, the goal of the game was to publish a zine, and you had all of these obstacles: late writers, sleazy distributors, broke advertisers, fickle subscribers, etc. Hey, wait, I’m still playing the game. Matrix-moment. Noooooooo…..

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