In my last post, I noted that the Shapeways website offers a new marketplace for inventors who want to sell 3D specs for others to replicate objects through 3D printing. Stephan Kinsella at C4sif.org now calls attention to an IP dispute, thanks to Paramount Pictures, involving specs being distributed there. The dispute is over replication of fictional objects, such as an object that appears in the film “Super 8” (which I have not yet seen). The object itself is apparently quite useless, but looks pretty cool. Nonetheless, because this useless replica of a fictional object appears in a Paramount film, the film company saw fit to send a “cease and desist” letter to the entrepreneur who reverse-engineered the design from the film, and was marketing on Shapeways. The future will be so very cool, if only the IP folks don’t screw it up.
read about this sad state of affairs here: http://torrentfreak.com/paramount-cease-and-desist-targets-3d-printer-pirate-110628/