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  1. Trem Industrial Design will choose the ideas to be developed.

  2. Once the idea has been selected, we will agree, with the people involved in the project, on the type of open source license that best suits the type of product to be developed.

  3. We'll get to work together.

  4. We will publish and share the result of the project.

Open source product design licenses.


There are different types of licenses to regulate projects and products, these licenses are a contract that guarantees, limits and binds all the people and entities involved in the project, manufacturers and end users.

In the case of open source licences, they are intended to protect the designer but also the users and other people related to the design of the product.

To know if a license is open source, you must respect four freedoms:

  • The freedom to use objects as you wish, for any purpose (freedom 0).

  • The freedom to study how the object works, the freedom to build it and change it to behave as you wish (freedom 1). Access to documentation, build processes and sources are a precondition for this.

  • The freedom to redistribute documentation, create processes, sources, and copies of the object so you can help your neighbor (freedom 2).

  • The freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions to others (freedom 3). By doing this, you can give the entire community a chance to benefit from your changes. Access to documentation, build processes and sources are a precondition for this.

Terms of use and responsibility

It is commonly accepted that a designer is responsible for the creation and quality of the objects that are produced following his technical plans. With open source product design, the responsibility is often transferred to the person receiving the documentation and the license totally takes the hand off the creator and the end user cannot hold the designer responsible for anything, including bugs and errors.

Depending on each case, a type of license can be chosen, as a legal document that both parties must trust to establish a collaboration.

Peer production license

John Magyar and Dmytri Kleiner's peer production license is a very interesting take on the commercial vs. non-commercial debate that goes on around open source product design. Basically, it cannot be considered an open source license, since it restricts the freedoms in uses and distribution, allowing only other community members, cooperatives and non-profit organizations to share and reuse the material, but not commercial entities that have the intent to profit from the commons. no explicit reciprocity To the best of our knowledge, no designs have been released under this license.


The Manufacturing License is a new license, in the works, especially dedicated to cases brought about by the growing popularity of fablabs and open source design. This license is being developed around the same community that developed the Free Art License.

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