[OHANDA] CERN Open Hardware Licence

Massimo Menichinelli info at openp2pdesign.org
Thu Jul 7 23:11:25 CEST 2011

Hi everybody,
I've just discovered that CERN has published its own Open Hardware License:

CERN Open Hardware Licence

The CERN Open Hardware License was written for CERN designs hosted in 
the OHR and can also be used by any designer wishing to share design 
information using a license compliant with the OSHW definition criteria.



Hardware joins the open movement - CERN Courier


"The CERN OHL thus specifically states that manufacturers of such 
products should not imply any kind of endorsement or responsibility on 
the part of the designer(s) when producing and/or selling hardware based 
on the design documents. This is important in terms of legal risks 
associated with engaging in open-source hardware, and properly 
regulating this is a prerequisite for many of those involved."

The OHR also aims to promote a new business model in which companies can 
play a variety of roles, design open hardware in collaboration with 
other designers or clients and get paid for that work. As Serrano 
explains: "Companies can also commercialize the resulting designs, 
either on their own or as part of larger systems. Customers, on their 
side, can debug designs and improve them very efficiently, ultimately 
benefiting not only their own systems but also the companies and other 

Massimo Menichinelli

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Metadesign for Open Systems, Processes, Projects.
Studying and enabling Design for Open, Collaborative and Complex Systems 
since 2005.	
Aalto University
School of Art & Design - Media Lab
Helsinki - Finland

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