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Who Owns Downloadable?
The elephant-in-the-room question that 3D printing brings up is who owns stuff, if anyone can just print it from a downloaded blueprint cf P2P file-sharing. In his illuminating white paper Michael Weinberg highlights the opportunity this technology presents, and warns that there will be naysayers, especially those that have a vested interest in protecting proprietary manufacturing. In his own words:
No one suggests that these concerns are unwarranted. After all, the ability to copy and replicate is the ability to infringe on copyright, patent, and trademark. But the ability to copy and replicate is also the ability to create, expand upon, and innovate. Just as with the printing press, the copy machine, and the personal computer before it, some people will see 3D printing as a disruptive threat. Similarly, just as with the printing press, the copy machine, and the personal computer, some people will see 3D printing as a groundbreaking tool to spread creativity and knowledge. It is critical that those who fear not stop those who are inspired.