This page describes the licenses used for content on Appropedia which include copyright, hardware licenses and software licenses.

Appropedia contains different types of original research materials. In some cases there are informative topic pages, how-tos and skill training materials to review and learn. There are also how-tos and instructionals to build physical machines that include manufacturing files and software for its operation. This is how we support the licensing process for them.

Documentation licenses Hardware licenses Software licenses

Documentation
Hardware
Software
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From [[ Appropedia:Intellectual property/Documentation licenses ]]
Examples of content on Appropedia and required licenses.


  • Content on Appropedia defaults to a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 license, which means that you can use as you wish, but all derivaties must maintain the same license.
  • Proprietary (non-open) licenses are only allowed upon approval.
  • You can link to external content from other platforms. If you're uploading this material, we advise that you share under the same license as Appropedia so others can download and reuse it as well.
  • You can embed to external widgets such as YouTube videos, but be aware that this content might be copyrighted so it cannot be reused by others and may become unavailable.}}
  • Making digital copies of Appropedia pages (including full copies)
  • Translating pages to share with a new audience
  • Printing pages and distributing them as you wish
  • Creating an updated version of a page
  • Hosting a complete course on Moodle for a class or training program
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From [[ Appropedia:Intellectual property/Hardware licenses ]]
Examples of content on Appropedia and required licenses.


Summary
  • Open hardware licenses are applied to all tangible creations on Appropedia.
  • The default recommended license applied to all pages on Appropedia is CERN-OHL-S.
  • Designs on Appropedia are commonly incremental innovations and thus not patentable. But they can protect the innovation pool of all contributors by preventing others from seeking patents.
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From [[ Appropedia:Intellectual property/Software licenses ]]
Examples of content on Appropedia and required licenses.


  • We recommend that you use the Open Source Hardware Association recommended licenses (Apache, GPL, LGPL, MIT, or Mozilla).
  • Software repository sites such as GitHub are well suited to host and license software, and you can always link to them on your Appropedia pages.
  • You can link to external open source software on Appropedia.}}

Further resources

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Authors Emilio Velis
License CC-BY-SA-3.0
Derivatives Droits d'auteur, Urheberrechte
Language English (en)
Related 0 subpages, 4 pages link here
Aliases Appropedia:Licensing, Appropedia:C, Appropedia:Copyright, GNU FDL, Appropedia:CC-BY-SA, Creative Commons Noncommercial Share Alike 3.0 US License, Appropedia:License, Appropedia:Copyrights
Impact 18,011 page views
Created October 10, 2006 by Curt Beckmann
Modified August 13, 2023 by Emilio Velis
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