Indistinguishable from Magic: A Wizard's Guide to Copyright and 3D Printing
16 Pages Posted: 4 Dec 2013 Last revised: 2 Jul 2015
Date Written: November 21, 2013
3D printing is a technology of such surprise and wonder that it verges on the magical. But what if 3D printers actually were magic? How would copyright law treat the wizards who used them? This Comment uses the magical analogy to make familiar doctrines strange, and a strange technology familiar.
This Comment was prepared as an invited comment on Kyle Dolinsky's "CAD’s Cradle: Untangling Copyrightability, Derivative Works, and Fair Use in 3D Printing" for the 2013 Washington and Lee Student Notes Colloquium.
Keywords: copyright, 3D printers, 3D printing, magic
JEL Classification: K00
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