"Clone Wars": Episode II - The Next Generation: The Copyright Implications relating to 3D Printing and Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Files.

Mendis, D., 2014. "Clone Wars": Episode II - The Next Generation: The Copyright Implications relating to 3D Printing and Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Files. Law, Innovation and Technology, 6 (2), 265 - 280 .

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DOI: 10.5235/17579961.6.2.265

Abstract

The future market potential of 3D printing will rest on the dissemination of Computer Aided Design (CAD) files. Without clear instructions from a CAD file, a 3D printer will not function. In fact, “a 3D printer without an attached computer and a good design file is as useless as an iPod without music”. The importance of CAD-based design files, therefore, cannot be underestimated. Drawing on UK and EU copyright laws and their application to 3D printing and CAD files, this paper will, first, question whether CAD files can be protected by copyright law before considering the copyright implications thrown up by the modification of CAD files as a result of scanning and the use of online tools. Highlighting some of the challenges for rights holders and users existent in the present law the paper advocates new business models over a premature call for stringent intellectual property laws before concluding with some recommendations for the future.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:3D printing ; Computer Aided Design ; Software ; Copyright ; Scanning ; Business Models
Subjects:UNSPECIFIED
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:21871
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:27 Apr 2015 07:59
Last Modified:07 Nov 2016 01:08

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