You mentioned that you were moving towards a free educational license for students and faculty to use on non-commercial projects, which is great news. I was hoping that you could clarify how you are thinking about non-commercial restrictions under that license. As you may know, some members of the open source hardware community are concerned that making their designs available without commercial use restrictions could violate a non-commercial restriction, even if they themselves are not distributing the file commercially. Is this something that they should be concerned about?
MB – Autodesk: If a user’s building open source hardware content to share without commercial intent themselves (though they may absolutely buy a commercial license to use that in commercial products if/when they want to) then they don’t have anything to worry about. The goal in the non-commercial license is really to enable this sort of behavior. If we really look at what makes EAGLE’s community so special (and open source in general) it’s the content and the content creators willing share and to enable us all to collectively build products faster, more reliably and to teach one another how new things are done. I’d heard Adafruit described as a ‘tutorial company with a gift shop’ and I think this is the spirit of what makes this community so amazing. I share a ton of my stuff under open source license for precisely this reason. We all benefit when we share and collaborate and this is something this license is intended to enable.
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