UK Copyright Ruling Presents Challenges to 3D Printing

Posted by Editor On August - 9 - 2016

UK Copyright Ruling Presents Challenges to 3D Printing

The Eames chair, pictured here, becomes one of the many industrially-designed items given extended protection under new copyright ruling

As reported today by Glyn Moody writing for ArsTechnica.com, a recent court ruling in the United Kingdom has extended the copyright protections on industrially-designed objects such as tables and chairs, extending their creator’s claim of ownership to 70 years beyond their lifetime. According to Pirate Party founder Rick Falkvinge, it represents “a direct assault on the 3D printing revolution.”

Falkvinge says, “This change means that people will be prohibited from using 3D printing and other maker technologies to manufacture such objects, and that for a full century.”

The difference in the law has to do with the variance between “design rights” and copyrights. With design rights, “you’re absolutely and one hundred percent free to make copies of it for your own use with your own tools and materials,” Falkvinge writes. “When something is under copyright, you are not. Therefore, this move is a direct assault on the 3D printing revolution.”

For a white paper on current 3D printing law, please visit: http://www.declercq.com.

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