Press Clause and 3D Printing

7 Pages Posted: 5 Jun 2015 Last revised: 10 Jul 2022

Date Written: June 2, 2015


Judges and scholars have argued that the “freedom...of the press” not only protects the press as an industry, but also protects the use of the printing press and its modern equivalents as a technology. This paper argues that the Constitution’s Framers intentionally used the phrase “the press,” rather than “journalism” or “communication” in the Press Clause, to protect technologies unknown at the time, which include the 3D printer — the modern equivalent of the printing press.

Keywords: 3D printing, Freedom of the Press, Press Clause, bioprinting, foodprinting

Suggested Citation

Tran, Jasper, Press Clause and 3D Printing (June 2, 2015). Northwestern Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property, Vol. 14, p. 75, 2016, Available at SSRN:

Jasper Tran (Contact Author)

Harvard Business School ( email )

Soldiers Field
Boston, MA 02163
United States

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