Closed Hardware

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= in contrast with Open Hardware

Definition

Patrick McNamara, Open Hardware Foundation, at http://www.osbr.ca/archive.php?issue=10&section=Ar#A4:

"Closed Hardware is any hardware for which the creator of the hardware will not release information on how to make normal use of the hardware, in such a way that that information may be freely shared with others. A sure sign of closed hardware is requiring the signing of an NDA to receive documentation on how to make use of a device." (http://www.osbr.ca/archive.php?issue=10&section=Ar#A4)