You wouldn’t download a car, would you? This is the question one recent anti-piracy ad asked. While the possibility is very unlikely until the distant future, printing useful objects from blueprints is possible now.
For $4,000, one can purchase a 3D printer themselves. Also known as additive manufacturing, 3D printing works under the same principle as a paper printer. It takes data from a computer and transmits it into a tangible duplicate (for example, a spreadsheet in a normal 2D printer, and a new wrench out of blueprints found only with the 3D printer).
This technology could very well change the world. Continue reading The legal trouble with 3D printing
Online piracy has been featured in the media spotlight recently via the exploits of the notorious Kim
Dotcom, the creator of Megaupload. In its heyday, the site was one of the most popular on the internet.
The idea behind Megaupload was that users could store files on servers that could be accessed by
anyone on the Internet. This business model yielded tens of millions of dollars in advertising profits
primarily due to the popularity of the content being transmitted on the site — copyrighted material that
is. Continue reading Modern day piracy: Steal from the rich and give to the …?
The file sharing website Megaupload and media sharing website Megavideo was shut down Jan. 19 by the FBI. These two websites were shut down for violation of copyright protection. With this shutdown came a series of arrests. In total, seven people were arrested for the connection of what is being called a criminal organization by authorities. Continue reading Megaupload shut down
The Internet went dark on Jan. 18 in protest of two bills in Congress: SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect Intellectual Property Act). These bills, if passed, would take a heavy toll on piracy; but along with attacking piracy, they would have several unintended consequences that would affect the entire Internet and the content on it. Continue reading SOPA and PIPA