Clive Thompson on 3-D Printing’s Legal Morass

Jeanine Poggi, E.J. Schultz, Wired, Jun 07, 2012
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This didn't take long - almost as soon as 3D printing was introduced for the masses we are reading about concerns about copyright and the potential for lawsuits. "Observers predict that in a few years we’ll see printers that integrate scanning capability — so your kid can toss in a Warhammer figurine, hit Copy, and get a new one. The machine will become a photocopier of stuff. This has all the makings of an epic and surreal legal battle. You thought Hollywood and record labels were powerful lobbyists, crushing Napster and suing file-sharers? Wait until you see what the manufacturing industry can do."

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