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Information. Materiality. 3Dprinting.

IP in a 3D Print World

Tuesday, March 24th

  • Read. “IP in a World Without Scarcity” & Mark Lemley “The Intellectual Property Implications of 3D Printing”
  • Keyowrds: Zero Marginal Cost, Napster (Grokster), Unregistered Design Right, 3DPDF.
  • Note: These are legal journal articles. They read a bit different from other things we have read in class. Don’t worry about digesting all of the footnotes, instead your goal should be to get the overall philosophy of the argument, what are the principles being discussed here.


  • Print something substantial this week and post it to your portfolio.
  • You are free to print anytime you want this week. I will be in Bronstein on Tuesday from 4-6. Wednesday 2:00-6:00. Thursday 11:00-1:30. Thursday 4:00-6:00.

Researched Paper

  • You should be working on your annotated bibliography. I will cover the details in class on Tuesday. It will be due April 7th. So you should be starting your research, looking for academic articles that cover your topic proposal and reading them.