Keeping 3D printing open, petition against “restrictive” US Copyright Office exemptions

Keeping 3D printing open, petition against “restrictive” US Copyright Office exemptions

Michael Weinberg , general legal counsel and IP expert for 3D printing marketplace and service bureau Shapeways , has filed a petition asking the US Copyright Office to revise its rules governing the unlocking of 3D printers and the use of third-party feedstock. The current exemption allows 3D printer users to utilize replacement materials unauthorized by the printer’s manufacturer without running afoul of copyright law. Weinberg’s concerns revolve around the wording of the exemption written by the Library of Congress and enacted by the US Copyright Office. This exemption, he claims, is both obstructive and unjustified because it is […]

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