In this context, the chapter will, first, consider the legal status of a Computer-Aided Design (CAD) file within the context of registered and unregistered design, before proceeding to consider the implications presented through infringement and possible exceptions available for users.

This chapter begins with an analysis of the protection of 3D models as artistic works. In doing so, the chapter draws a line through history, taking the reader on a journey from the Engravings Copyright Act 1735 to the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. Thereafter the chapter moves to a consideration of another component of the 3D printing process – the CAD design file, which acts as a ‘vessel’ to encapsulate a 3D model.

This chapter explores the challenges to intellectual property (IP) laws, particularly copyright law, as a result of 3D printing. This analysis is carried out from the perspective of the United Kingdom (UK) as well as European Union (EU) laws as relevant. As a starting point, the chapter provides an account of the protection of 3D models and in doing so, draws a line through history to charter the developments of artistic works.

The chapter brings together comparative elements of the challenges for 3D printing from the perspective of IP Laws in UK/EU, USA and Australia.

Sterling on World Copyright Law remains the most comprehensive and comparative analysis of world copyright law and decided cases on a national, international, and regional level. This insightful and accessible text covers the key principles of protection, as well as the leading conventions and treaties, making it a leading authority on the subject.

Book: EU Regulation of E-Commerce Authors: Mendis, D. Editors: Lodder, A. and Murray, A. Pages: 1-448 Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishers Place of Publication: Cheltenham ISBN: 978 1 78536 933 9 In analysing the CRM Directive, this chapter explores and discusses the coming into being of the Directive, its provisions, impact and implications for CMOs, rights holders and users in relation…

The chapter considers how effectively and harmoniously intellectual property (IP) regimes, in particular copyright and patent, respond to emerging technologies and innovation, such as 3D printing and 3D scanning. The chapter will commence with a brief introduction to 3D printing before moving on to a detailed analysis of UK and Australian jurisprudence as it relates to 3D printing and 3D scanning.

Book: Sterling on World Copyright Law Author:  J. A. L. Sterling Editor: Trevor M. Cook Edition:  4, revised Publisher: Sweet & Maxwell, 2015 ISBN: 0414024613, 9780414024618 Length: 1761 pages

Book: Entertainment Management – Towards Best Practice (CABI; 2014) Authors: Mendis, D. Editors: Walmsley, B. and Moss, S. Publisher: Marston Publishers ISBN: 9781780640235

Book: Handbook on the Digital Creative Economy Authors: Homberg, F., Favale, M., Kretschmer, M., Mendis, D. and Secchi, D. Editors: Towse, R. and Handke, C. Pages: 1-380 Publisher: Edward Elgar Place of Publication: Cheltenham, UK Date of Publication: December 2013 ISBN: 978-1-78100-487-6

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