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What are the requirements for using an AVR with Arduino bootloader, that's programmed using the Arduino IDE, in a commercial product? If the company wished to keep the project closed source, is it still mandatory to release the source code?
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http://arduino.cc/en/Main/FAQ

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Can I build a commercial product based on Arduino?

Yes, with the following conditions:

    Physically embedding an Arduino board inside a commercial product does not require you to disclose or open-source any information about its design.
    Deriving the design of a commercial product from the Eagle files for an Arduino board requires you to release the modified files under the same Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike license. You may manufacture and sell the resulting product.
    Using the Arduino core and libraries for the firmware of a commercial product does not require you to release the source code for the firmware. The LGPL does, however, require you to make available object files that allow for the relinking of the firmware against updated versions of the Arduino core and libraries. Any modifications to the core and libraries must be released under the LGPL.
    The source code for the Arduino environment is covered by the GPL, which requires any modifications to be open-sourced under the same license. It does not prevent the sale of derivative software or its inclusion in commercial products.

In all cases, the exact requirements are determined by the applicable license. Additionally, see the previous question for information about the use of the name “Arduino”.

Unless you modify the bootloader source, or arduino core files (or make a clone with physical changes) your cool, change one or the other your required to disclose the changes
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Alright, thank you very much.
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