Many of our products include design files that are distributed, free of cost, from our website. We encourage others to freely use and modify the circuits that we have designed and to integrate them into their own projects, whether for personal or commercial use. For this to occur, copyright law requires us to explicitly grant redistribution rights.
To encourage the reuse of our designs, especially in open-source hardware projects, we will release design files for selected products under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license. This allows anyone to use, modify, and distribute these designs without explicitly receiving permission from Parallax.
For more information about open-source hardware, see the current draft of the open-source hardware definition.
The products listed below are open-source hardware designs and have design files released in a format that allows editing and under a license that allows redistribution.
Propeller Object Code
We release code for the Propeller on the Propeller Object Exchange under the MIT license. All code posted there, whether originating from us or a third party, is required to be released under the MIT license.
Open-Source Software Projects
We are also working to release much of our computer software under open-source licenses. Please check the individual open source licenses for each project. These programs may contain source code or binary files that have been licensed from third parties. The third-party portions will contain their own copyright notices and may not be licensed under proprietary (non open-source) licenses.
We recommend the following programs for editing our open-source files: