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Ask Slashdot: Best Open Source License For Guitar? 102

First time accepted submitter PraxisGuitars writes "I am working on developing an open source electric guitar. I wish to make the basic structural system completely open and free, with a standardized interface allowing different body shapes and modules to be bolted on. I am having trouble figuring out the best way to release the files. There seem to be at least half a dozen open source licenses out there; The Thingiverse has some precedent for open source 3d data, but version control seems like it might be difficult. I have looked into sourceforge and github, but don't know enough to know if that would be the best choice. Are there other precedents out there? Is there a better way?"
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Ask Slashdot: Best Open Source License For Guitar?

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  • Well (Score:1, Insightful)

    by buanzo ( 542591 ) on Wednesday December 21, 2011 @04:49PM (#38452880) Homepage
    It is not software, maybe a CC license?
  • Re:Well (Score:4, Insightful)

    by markkezner ( 1209776 ) on Wednesday December 21, 2011 @05:02PM (#38453032)

    I wouldn't recommend creating your own license unless absolutely positively necessary. To do so would add legal ambiguity to how it can be used and combined with other projects.

  • by SlippyToad ( 240532 ) on Wednesday December 21, 2011 @05:28PM (#38453328)

    Why a license is necessary, or why it is an open-source guitar. The basic functionality of a guitar is well beyond reach of any patents or copyrights. And I read your website -- cheap guitars can be had for under $100 these days that are very good for a beginner. Basses are a little more but still, I can have a copy of Jaco Pastorius' bass for $275.

    I suppose there is some larger scheme here that I am missing. I know I couldn't play a guitar that looked like that. I would spend more time disentangling it from my clothes and cables than playing it!

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