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Today, Public Knowledge's Vice President Michael Weinberg released his second 3-D Printing white paper titled " What's The Deal With Copyright and 3-D Printing?" The paper is a follow up to his previous paper "It Will Be Awesome if They Don't Screw it Up, 3D Printing, Intellectual Property, and the Fight Over the Next Great Disruptive Technology." Today's white paper focuses on the following question: Will my 3-D printed objects, and 3D printed files, be protected by copyright at all? Furthermore, the paper examines the relationship between the digital and physical world of copyright.
The report highlights the fact that, when compared to music, movies, and photographs, many 3-D printed objects will not be protected by copyright. This presents an exciting opportunity for people to remix and build upon existing physical objects. It will also require the public to re-train itself to remember that not everything requires permission before being used.
A link to the most recent blog post about 3-D printing can be found here.
A link to the white paper can be found here.