3-D Printing and Copyright

3 D printers are being hailed as the latest innovation that just might change the world. Libraries have begun offering the use of 3D printers to their patrons; companies like Makerbot are marketing affordable 3D printers. But what are the challenges of this new technology? What does it mean for IP?

HBO recently delivered a polite C&D to Fernando Sosa, who was manufacturing an “Iron Throne” iPhone dock, modeled after the  all important piece of furniture in the HBO series Game of Thrones. In 2011, another 3D printed object was thought to be the first to be hit with a DCMA violation notice. There is no doubt that 3D printing is opening up a whole new world of creative possibility–and with it, new legal headaches.

More information:

 “It Will Be Awesome if They Don’t Screw it Up” A 2010 whitepaper from publicknowledge.org that examined many of these issues as the possibilities of 3D printing were just beginning to be explored.

What’s the Deal with Copyright and 3D Printing?” A 2013 whitepaper from publicknowledge.org that raises a number of useful questions about the application of current IP law to 3D printed objects.

“Scorching the 3dp Earth” on patenting types of 3D printing technology.

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