Nora Freeman Engstrom, Associate Professor of Law at Stanford has published a paper in which she examines some aspects of the legal implications of 3D printing. Many of us have been concerned about what may happen, but she states the problem eloquently:
Don’t let the excitement around 3D printed guns obscure the reality about 3D printing which can be a great force for good. Read more: Peter Cochrane’s Blog: Beyond 3D Printed Guns law of attraction money
Plans for the firearm were posted online by a law student to prove that lethal weapons cannot be regulated in the age of the internet and 3D printing Here is the original post: US orders site to pull 3D gun blueprints icompare car insurance
As the race – and it’s basically a race – to release as many 3D-printed gun parts as possible heats up, it’s never been harder for me to come down on the side of the “Freedom To Tinker” crowd. Last weekend Defense Distributed, a group dedicated to releasing plans for a 3D printed gun, posted a video and description of their 3D-printed AR-15 thirty-round magazine. The video, which is, unnecessarily, full of snarky vitriol, shows that, on some level, the 3D printed gun isn’t very far off
Do you remember the Wiki Weapon project? It was a collection of individuals united a common banner – Defense Distributed – whose goal was to create the first fully 3D printed gun. They were inspired by the creation of a 3D printed lower receiver combined with metal parts that formed a fully working gun.
Over at the Economist’s Babbage blog there’s an interesting article about the future of 3D printing, and how ideas about piracy might “clip the wings” of an industry that is just beginning to soar. In his article, N.V. reports that “Michael Weinberg, a staff lawyer at Public Knowledge” believes 3D printing could be adversely affected by patent and copyright law
Over at the Economist’s Babbage blog there’s an interesting article about the future of 3D printing, and how ideas about piracy might “clip the wings” of an industry that is just beginning to soar. In his article, N.V.
Editor’s Note: This guest post was written by G. Nagesh Rao, an IP-Law and Technology Commercialization Strategist based out of San Francisco and Washington DC