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CERN Puts Out A New Open Hardware License

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Published on 08 July 2011 10:36 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Hardware
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CERN, the European organization behind nuclear research and the well-known Large Hadron Collider, has released a new version of its Open Hardware License. Version 1.1 is this new OHL release, which seeks to provide "a legal framework to facilitate knowledge exchange across the electronic design community."

"Version 1.0 of the CERN OHL was published in March 2011 on the Open Hardware Repository (OHR), the creation of electronic designers working in experimental-physics laboratories who felt the need to enable knowledge-exchange across a wide community and in line with the ideals of "open science" being fostered by organizations such as CERN."

The Open Hardware License is of more use in the academia and science fields, so don't look for any new AMD Radeon GPUs or other major commercial products to be under an open / "free" hardware license any time soon.

Read more in the CERN press release announcing the Open Hardware License v1.1 from Geneva, Switzerland.

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