MakerBot learns that 3D printing and copyright don't fairly combine
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Making an attempt to cease unauthorized 3D printing is like plugging a gap in a dam together with your finger — as soon as the template for an object leaks out, it is nearly inconceivable to cease the flood of bootleg prints. And MakerBot is studying this the exhausting approach. The corporate is asking makers to guard their copyrights after listening to of an eBay consumer promoting 3D prints of others’ Thingiverse objects, whether or not or not the creators gave permission. Whereas MakerBot hopes to cease the offender on this case, it believes that it is finally a designer’s duty to crack down on misuse of the tasks they personal.
It is a nicely-which means request, however it might be too optimistic. Keep in mind how music labels freaked out on the considered individuals making cassette tape copies of songs, however might by no means actually cease it from occurring? Yeah. As long as 3D printers exist and stay comparatively open, it might be troublesome to stop unscrupulous printer house owners from abusing copyright within the identify of revenue.