October 17, 2012 AT 3:50 pm

OSHWA and OSI enter Co-Existence Agreement

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OSHWA and OSI enter Co-Existence Agreement.

Following discussions about the Open Source and Open Source Hardware logos, the Open Source Initiative (OSI) and the Open Source Hardware Association (OSHWA) have worked together to compose a co-existence agreement on behalf of their representative communities.

We are pleased to announce that the co-existence agreement has now been approved and signed by both organizations. This agreement means that each group separately has control of their respective logo and in particular that the Open Source Hardware community will be able to continue to use the Open Source Hardware logo.

As per the agreement, OSHWA will (in the near future) publish guidelines for the use of the OSHW logo, designed to promote its use in compliance with the Open Source Hardware Definition. Until then, if you are using the OSWH logo, please make sure that you are following the OSHW definition. And, to use the OSI logo, please refer to OSI’s trademark usage guidelines.

Working with other organizations is just one of the ways we serve the community. Through your membership support, both OSHWA (join now!) and OSI (join now!) hope to continue representing your needs.

View the OSI OSHWA Agreement.

So, anyone putting the OSHW logo on your boards, you’ve always been fine, you are fine and you always will be fine :)

This is the outcome we asked as OSHW makers for from the start and it’s great to see this happening and official two open source orgs working together for the benefit of all. For the folks following this story, last year Phil ask the previous OSI board if the gear logo was ok after there were questions if it was too close to the OSI logo (Phil contacted the previous OSI members and they said it was fine) but this year with a new OSI board this process re-started. In a fun twist, the OSI logo appears to be Phil’s logo he debuted at OSCON about 10 years ago. Below…

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1 Comment

  1. S. Marshall Ratushniak

    Although I do have rather little patience for the sort of posturing and politicking that led up to this agreement, this _is_ _great_ news!

    Also, _please_do_ post any updates regarding the legal ramifications of continued usage of other derivatives of the OSI trademark (and therefore P.T.’s logo) including continued usage of the Open Robotics Foundation’s logo.

    I love your work (all of you at AFI),
    Marshall R.

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