Solderpad Hardware Licence 2.0


Many people (lawyers included) are familiar with Apache 2.0, and we had comments saying that it would be easier for those people to understand the Solderpad licence if it were presented as a single short document which acted as a wraparound to Apache 2.0, rather than presented as an edited version of it (even if the diffs are visible). This version is drafted with this in mind, and you should find it easier to understand. Like the previous versions, you can ignore the modifiers and treat it as plain Apache 2.0.

We moved straight from 0.51 to 2.0, because people were using Solderpad 0.51 as de facto Solderpad 1.0, and because it’s a sufficiently large change in format (if not effect) for the step to be justified.

Full solderpad license here…

# Solderpad Hardware Licence Version 2.0
This licence (the “Licence”) operates as a wraparound licence to the Apache License Version 2.0 (the “Apache License”) and grants to You the rights, and imposes the obligations, set out in the Apache License (which can be found here: http://apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0), with the following extensions. It must be read in conjunction with the Apache License. Section 1 below modifies definitions in the Apache License, and section 2 below replaces sections 2 of the Apache License. You may, at your option, choose to treat any Work released under this License as released under the Apache License (thus ignoring all sections written below entirely). Words in italics indicate changes rom the Apache License, but are indicative and not to be taken into account in interpretation.

1. The definitions set out in the Apache License are modified as follows:
Copyright any reference to ‘copyright’ (whether capitalised or not) includes ‘Rights’ (as defined below).

Contribution also includes any design, as well as any work of authorship.

Derivative Works shall not include works that remain reversibly separable from, or merely link (or bind by name) or physically connect to or interoperate with the interfaces of the Work and Derivative Works thereof.

Object form shall mean any form resulting from mechanical transformation or translation of a Source form or the application of a Source form to physical material, including but not limited to compiled object code, generated documentation, the instantiation of a hardware design or physical object and conversions to other media types, including intermediate forms such as bytecodes, FPGA bitstreams, moulds, artwork and semiconductor topographies (mask works).

Rights means copyright and any similar right including design right (whether registered or unregistered), semiconductor topography (mask) rights and database rights (but excluding Patents and Trademarks).

Source form shall mean the preferred form for making modifications, including but not limited to source code, net lists, board layouts, CAD files, documentation source, and configuration files.

Work also includes a design or work of authorship, whether in Source form or other Object form.

2. Grant of Licence

2.1 Subject to the terms and conditions of this License, each Contributor hereby grants to You a perpetual, worldwide, non-exclusive, no-charge, royalty-free, irrevocable license under the Rights to reproduce, prepare Derivative Works of, make, adapt, repair, publicly display, publicly perform, sublicense, and distribute the Work and such Derivative Works in Source or Object form and do anything in relation to the Work as if the Rights did not exist.

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