3D Printing Guns…

When we started this blog I assumed that the two main things we would cover would be 1) patents and other impediments to making 3D printers, and 2) patents, trade-marks, copyrights and other IP protections that may be enforced against…

Aside

There’s a great short article on the BBC site teeing up some of the issues we’ll be discussing here at Law in the Making:

Thanks to 3D printers, budding counterfeiters could soon create parts or goods themselves. The problem for authorities is that copying physical objects is not always illegal. (link)

As the article notes, the problem is that, unlike most cases of music piracy, copying 3D objects is often not illegal at all. It’s a situation more akin to the invention of the printing press than the launch of Napster. Stay tuned!

3D Piracy

There’s an interesting article on Venture Beat about some pretty old-school piracy already being seen in the 3D printing world. Stealing design files? Call me when it’s the Death Star plans. From the article: What happens to designs when anyone…