What this will be:
A document that defines where the Open Source Hardware definition fits into our business model of Protei- a product, and Open-H2O- a nonprofit community project.
Please edit the document here:
I decided to start from the OSH definition: http://freedomdefined.org/OSHW
Questions for Protei:
In what cases can we keep documentation and work private: In the R&D phase; if we are partnering alongside of another company who will benefit us in our objectives, but who do not support open-source hardware. This will be decided upon during the agreement with the external company, and no work that Protei ever does will be private, unless for the purposes of collaboration. This will be discussed by the members.
Where does Open-Hardware fit in our business Model (and why does it help move forwards our goals):
Only under the open source hardware definition can our business model be realized. Protei's goal is to develop a robust, effective technology, then put it into the hands of the local communities, to enact social and environmental change.
And here is part of the FAQ on the Arduino site :
Can I build a commercial product based on Arduino?
Yes, with the following conditions:
In all cases, the exact requirements are determined by the applicable license. Additionally, see the previous question for information about the use of the name “Arduino”.
What do you mean by open-source hardware?
Open-source hardware shares much of the principles and approach of free and open-source software. In particular, we believe that people should be able to study our hardware to understand how it works, make changes to it, and share those changes. To facilitate this, we release all of the original design files (Eagle CAD) for the Arduino hardware. These files are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike license, which allows for both personal and commercial derivative works, as long as they credit Arduino and release their designs under the same license.
The Arduino software is also open-source. The source code for the Java environment is released under the GPL and the C/C++ microcontroller libraries are under the LGPL.