From Bits to Atoms: 3D Printing and the Future of IP

A post I wrote a few months ago about the rise of desk­top 3D print­ing has just been pub­lished to my law school’s Stu­dent Intel­lec­tual Prop­erty Soci­ety blog:

For the past few decades, copy­right law has been strug­gling with the rel­a­tively new abil­ity for the aver­age per­son to cre­ate per­fect dig­i­tal copies of music, videos, images, and text at effec­tively zero cost.  In the com­ing decades, copy­right law will face an entirely new and poten­tially more har­row­ing chal­lenge: the rise of the abil­ity to cre­ate per­fect phys­i­cal copies of pretty much any­thing and every­thing, by any­one and every­one.

Read on.