It Will Be Awesome if They Don’t Screw it Up: 3D Printing, Intellectual Property, and the Fight Over the Next Great Disruptive Technology

Drawing lessons from the online copyright wars, It Will Be Awesome examines the intersection between 3D printing and intellectual property law. It details how opponents of 3D printing, especially industries disrupted by 3D printing, might try and leverage copyright, patent, and trademark to stifle its growth. Finally, It Will Be Awesome concludes with a call to the 3D printing community to rally to protect itself.Drawing lessons from the online copyright wars, It Will Be Awesome examines the intersection between 3D printing and intellectual property law. It details how opponents of 3D printing, especially industries disrupted by 3D printing, might try and leverage copyright, patent, and trademark to stifle its growth. Finally, It Will Be Awesome concludes with a call to the 3D printing community to rally to protect itself.

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