- it is published
- in its original editable file format and,
- in an export file format that
- is of well-established use in the corresponding field of technology,
- can be processed by software that is generally accessible to the recipients, and#
- contains no less information than the original editable file format.
- the means of downloading it via the Internet is well-publicized and and neither involve any charge or any moderation potentially conflicting with the principles of non-discrimination against persons or groups and non-discrimination against fields of endeavour.
- the means of downloading it via the Internet is constantly active from the Release date and without interruption.
 1 Conversion from a file format to another (especially conversion from edition formats (e.g. docx) to export formats (e.g. pdf) is often bound to information losses. Converting a FreeCAD file into STEP is transforming a fully parametrized constraints- and feature-based model into a static network of points (mesh) and losing the ability to edit the shape that is represented by the model or the mesh.
 2 In this context, well-publicized means that, inter alia, patent offices worldwide will be able to find and retrieve the documentation via the internet.
The following activities are part of the Lifecycle3:
- Realization, spanning from raw material extraction, production of semi-finished products, final assembly. Activities in this phase are aimed at establishing the functionality of the piece of open source hardware (3.3).
- Operation and maintenance, including activities centered on delivering or maintaining the functionality of the piece of open source hardware (3.3)
- End-of-life, including reuse, refurbishment, reconditioning, recycling, disposal. Activities in this phase are aimed at making the physical components or a subset of functions available for other pieces of hardware (3.1).
 3 Documentation (3.8) does not only facilitate hardware replication or “making”. It also facilitates hardware operation, maintenance, repair, recycling, etc. This standard makes no difference between the relative importance of these activities and considers them as equal. Therefore, in this standard, the four rights of open source hardware (3.3) are not restricted to the sole hardware production phase and cover the whole hardware life cycle.