How 3D printing technology will affect the creation, delivery, and consumption of art

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on January 14, 2014

Of PhDs, Pirates, and the Public: Three-Dimensional Printing Technology and the ArtsLucas Osborn, Campbell University Law School, January 14, 2014, Texas A & M Law Review, Spring 2014, Forthcoming 

“The confluence of three-dimensional printing, three-dimensional scanning, and the internet will explode the dividing line between the physical and the digital worlds and will bring millions of lay people into intimate contact with the full spectrum of intellectual property laws. One of the areas most affected by 3D printers will be three-dimensional art. This Article analyzes several ways in which 3D printing technology will affect the creation, delivery, and consumption of art. Not only does 3D printing offer great promise for creative works, but it also presents a problem of piracy that may accompany the digitization three-dimensional works. As 3D printing technology’s relationship to intellectual property law is largely unexplored, this Article explores foundational issues regarding how copyright law applies to 3D printing technology, laying the groundwork upon which further analysis of 3D printing’s effects on copyright law may be built.”

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