Scan, Copy, Print: How To Minimize Copyright Infringement During the 3D Technology Revolution

Rana, Aliza

Increased accessibility of 3D printing and scanning technology is pushing the boundaries of existing copyright law. From affordable countertop 3D printers to iPhones with 3D scanning capabilities, even in its early stages 3D technology is reshaping manufacturing. To manage the friction between the 3D printing community and copyright owners while avoiding the missteps of the film and music industries, it is important to evaluate the options for copyright management under the existing legal framework and consider their business implications. This Note contemplates the imposition of liability on different actors within the 3D scanning and printing community, focusing on online distribution platforms that host 3D scans of copyrighted works. This Note ultimately proposes a solution designed to minimize widespread copyright infringement, protect copyright owners’ rights to their works, and promote monitoring by these distribution platforms.

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November 26, 2019