Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The 3-D Printing Pirates Who Could Render SOPA Meaningless

Kit Eaton, Fast Company, Jan. 24, 2012

From the article: "What will happen in terms of IP rights and piracy when 3-D printed objects become commonplace? Pirate Bay has labeled these 3-D objects "physibles," "data objects that are able (and feasible) to become physical," and suggests that in the near future it's files of physibles that'll be the hottest pirated data online, in the same way music, movies, and TV shows are nowadays. That's because the file for a physible is effectively the recipe for making the final object--which could quite possibly be a handbag, a mug, or ultimately something as complex as a sneaker." Read more