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Which licenses are applicable for Hardware and Software?

I'm not familiar with the open source licenses but I'd like to understand which licenses are applicable for projects that included hardware and software. 

This may be over simplified.

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January 9, 2018 08:25

The law surrounding inventions and hardware creations and designs will fall under copyright and patent law, and similar to open source software, hardware creatively utilises these intellectual property laws to make hardware designs publically accessible. Being similar, many open hardware projects use the existing open source software licenses that are free, when they are applying a license to their creations.
Others use the Creative Commons By Attribution licenses, which are more focused on the features of works of art, as opposed to software. Both copyright law (in the case of source code and design documentation) and patent law (in the case of design processes and material technologies) apply to open hardware. Trademark law is also pertinent to the branding names and logos of open hardware. Happy Hunting!

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