Tag: Copyright

Zittrain: Solve 3D IP Issues with DRM-style Measures

Bloomberg BNA has a recap of Harvard internet law Professor Jonathan Zittrain talking about 3D printers, which he sees as the future. Zittrain thinks many of the copying/counterfeiting legal issues people are worried about with 3D printers could be avoided…

3D Rx: The Future of Drug Manufacture and Delivery?

Jamie Goodman is a  guest blogger and is an associate at Gilbert’s LLP in Toronto, where he works alongside Law in the Making co-founder Paul Banwatt. Lee Cronin, a renowned professor of chemistry and nanoscience, recently gave a TED talk…

Game of Thrones vs. Settlers of Catan

Yesterday’s post about nuPROTO’s troubles for making a 3D printed iPhone Throne Dock got me thinking about proprietary designs and interfaces (and how to double down on this blog’s newly minted nerd-factor). A couple of years ago, there was some…

HBO Blocks ‘Game of Thrones’ 3D Printed Iron iPhone Throne

A centerpiece of the popular HBO series Game of Thrones is the Iron Throne, a seat of power that several families are battling over. As a side note, I had an awesomely happy-geek moment in Toronto when I got to…

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…