Technology: Will the Digital Millennium Copyright Act Takedown 3D Printing?

Intellectual property rights challenges to 3D printing early adopter makers have begun via Digital Millennium Copyright Act takedown notices.

August 30, 2013

Like computing, the Internet and social networking, 3D printing is a disruptive innovation destined to challenge the market, technology and legal status quo. And, as with earlier disruptive innovations, legal skirmishes with consumer “early adopters” can point to where use of the new technology collides with the existing framework of intellectual property laws. In 3D printing, early consumer battles are happening within the context of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA). Use of the DMCA to police rights in relationship to 3D printing presents challenges to both rights holders and “makers”—3D printing’s early consumer adopters.

Reprinted with permission from InsideCounsel.

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Thomas C. Mahlum


Co-Chair, Health Care Litigation Group

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