A Brief Note On Copyright And Patent Holders

2206 Words Dec 2nd, 2014 9 Pages
Copyright and patent holders represent all people who have copyrights and patents that could be manufactured with 3D printers. This group of stakeholders is concerned the customers will illegally replicate and sell their patented designs and commit intellectual property theft. Some if not all of their livelihood is dependent on the selling of these manufactured parts, but 3D printing poses a threat to harm their livelihood if their products are being illegally replicated and downloaded online (Doherty). This group of stakeholders is also wary about the public safety concerns if their designs for weapons are illegally replicated and how they will be charged for liability issues with their designs. They fear that an illegal printing of their design could lead them to liability lawsuits where a “person who is injured by a defective product can win a lawsuit without necessarily showing that the maker or distributor of the product was negligent,” (Parker).
Section 4: Establishing Common Ground
In the array of stakeholders, the only common ground arises is in terms of the safety of the 3D printing machines and the objects created by them and who is legal responsibility for safety and liability of 3D printing. The stakeholders express concern that the introduction on 3D printers creates an opportunity for easily accessible ways to create undetectable firearms and tinker with creating chemical weapons. Stakeholders also present a concern that the current liability laws have…
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