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The next Napster? Copyright questions as 3D printing comes of age
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Written by Danrok   
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 18:32

From ArsTechnica:

We already know that a purely philanthropic or non-profit purpose doesn’t usually shield a website from the weight of IP law enforcement. However, sites that overtly try to profit from or monetize others’ copyrighted works or patented inventions may more quickly attract attention, and lawsuits.

Take for example, 3Docean, which allows users to buy designs for an Alessi tea set that retails for a few hundred dollars elsewhere. On another site, the3dstudio, users can download the model for a Jonathan Adler chair that retails for $700 at Neiman Marcus—quite a steal.

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