Open Source license for Architecture and construction
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Open Architecture license

Open license allows free knowledge and information sharing in the architecture and construction industry. The open-source revolution helps professionals to use and create better designs, better profitability and reduced cost by providing a libre sharing economy.

Benefits of using OAL:

  • Share architectural works freely
  • No liability
  • Recieve credit and recognition for derivative works

Why do we need a license for architecture?

  • Architecture isn't software or content. Architecture can be expressed in blueprints (source) or the built form, but in it's built form it's not distributed.
  • Creative commons and software licenses regards the built form as a derivative of the blueprints and the license applies to the structure. This means that the client is free to distribute the work.
  • Architects need a license that is flexible and allows them to sell their work without any restrictions while sharing their work with other professionals.

Download the open architecture license template to get started.

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The license was written by Jonathan Klingler and is based on the BSD license.