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Monday, July 4, 2011

Copyright Laws Now Working to Destroy 3D Printer Industry: Paramount Files Cease and Desist Against 3D Printer 'Pirate'

by Enigmax, TorrentFreak

Movie studio Paramount are adept at sending out cease and desist notices, having engaged in the activity for many years. However, while the vast majority are related to solely digital activities such as the unauthorized distribution of movies and TV shows, a recent takedown notice has a very interesting ?real-world? twist ? the recreation of a physical object from digital data. [...]

On June 8th Blatt announced on movie prop fansite that he was recreating the distinctive cube-shaped items from the Stephen Spielberg movie ?Super 8?. On June 9th he uploaded the files to Shapeways.

By June 10th, Blatt had received unwelcome contact from Hollywood lawyers and all his posts on theRPF were quickly edited out.

?Paramount Pictures? lawyers sent me a cease and desist letter on Friday for a model I uploaded on Thursday night, and told me to take it down,? Blatt explained.

?It was a replica white funky cube shaped object from their new movie. I complied. I don?t want to sit in a courtroom for the rest of the year. I am no longer offering these for sale, and am complying with Paramount?s demands.?

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Copyright Laws Now Working to Destroy 3D Printer Industry?

Er... No.

What he did is fabricate a prop from a movie and sell it.

3D printing and all printing is safe, just don't copy someone else's stuff and try to sell it.

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