Everyone is very excited about 3D printing – the capabilities are mind boggling and the benefits appear to be endless.  We can now print anything from new body parts to new buildings at the touch of a button.  It's the kind of technology that sounds like it should be in a Star Trek movie, but it's actually becoming reality.
So it should come as no surprise to you that the lawyers are going to come along and try and spoil all your fun with all kinds of horror stories about breach of copyright, and big claims for liability.
As I don't want to be a party pooper, I'm not going to say any of that.  However, I will say that if you do decide to invest in a 3D printer, or you're involved in a project where someone will be using one, have a think about the implications beyond the wonder of such amazing technology.  If you design a building, but someone else prints it, who owns the design?  Should the value of the copyright really vest in the guy who just pressed a button?  
As with all new developments, there comes new legal implications because we really are boldly going where no man (or woman!) has gone before. Nevertheless, there are things that you can do to protect your rights that won't leave you cowering behind the sofa like a five year old watching Dr Who.
So if you would like some free advice as to what your options are, contact me by the very old fashioned method of e-mail at stephanie@kleymansolicitors.com and I'll beam you up some good traditional advice.
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