killerorca wrote:Your examples highlight 2 different problems.
For the disney movie it is artificial scarcity, at some point they will b re-released so you can wait to get it. Or you could also rent or just borrow the movie there is no real need to make a copy other than to have it,
No, my analogy is quite similar, but as it is an analogy, too much analysis will break it. The shirt was unavailable due to artificial scarcity. At some point, it COULD have been reissued (and was, see?) If someone wished, they could borrow one to wear, no need to have your own.
but lets take it one step further and use a real life example. Currently there are a large number of movies that for whatever reason have not made the jump from VHS to DVD and most likely never will. Now is it wrong to digitize a tape based copy and keep it,
Nope, that's fair use.
how about to redistribute it?
Yes, this is a violation of copyright law
It seems like no one involved is interested in selling the movies again as they have not brought them over to DVD, so who exactly is being hurt by this?
As you are not the holder of the right to copy the property, you cannot distribute it. The loophole is that you (probably) can give a digital copy to someone who also has the VHS tape, as it is nearly impossible to govern this.
Your 3D printing qualm is trickier as it deals with both trademarks and copyrights. Firstly, copyrights do not apply to physical objects,
Copyrights apply to designs. You can copy a Vuitton bag ("swap meet Louis"), you can copy an AC Cobra (Factory Five), but you can't present those copies as the real thing.
Now the files themselves may be copyrighted, but what if someone designs and object from scratch? Obviously if they start selling it and competing with an existing company, no one is selling 3D printed iPhones yet but it isn't far off, there is definitely a problem.
See above. In many cases, physical designs are protected by patent law, not copyright law. The rules are very different.
I'll admit I am into the concept of 3D printing, since it is basically the first step towards replicators in the future, talk about a shake-up. I highly recommend these articles on the subject.
Also sweet 3D robots!
In my stint as an engineer, I've done many designs that have been Rapid Prototyped, and have seen many many "bootleg" object files for RP machines. Mostly the machinists run them off and distribute as gifts to friends/family, so nothing new there, it's just that with the advent of "Desktop RP" (3D printing) it's coming to the general public.
Cool design V&V! Congrats on the reprint!