Intellectual Property and Regulation
Edited by Dinusha Mendis, Mark Lemley and Matthew Rimmer
Chapter 12: Makers Empire: Australian copyright law, 3D printing, and the ‘Ideas Boom’
This chapter considers a number of developments in respect of Australian copyright law, 3D printing, and the Maker Movement. This chapter focuses upon copyright subsistence about 3D printing. 3D printing raises questions about the nature and scope of the intellectual property commons. There have been issues associated with the protection of art, craft, and designs associated with intellectual property. This chapter examines concerns about copyright infringement and 3D printing. It focuses upon questions surrounding the authorisation of copyright infringement. It also looks at the regime of intermediary liability, as well as matters of technological protection measures. There is also consideration of Australia’s new copyright site-blocking laws. This chapter focuses upon the debate over copyright exceptions in Australia, in light of the work of the Australian Law Reform Commission and the Productivity Commission. In particular, there is a discussion of the merits of Australia adopting an open-ended, defence of fair use – like the United States.
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