A recent extension of UK copyright for industrially manufactured artistic works represents “a direct assault on the 3D printing revolution,” says Pirate Party founder Rick Falkvinge.
The UK government last month extended copyright for designs from 25 years to the life of the designer plus 70 years. In practice, this is likely to mean a copyright term of over 100 years for furniture and other designed objects.
The new copyright term could be in force by January 28, 2017.
Falkvinge says that: “People will be prohibited from using 3D printing and other maker technologies to manufacture such objects.”
The previous UK protection for designs (“design rights”) meant that “you’re absolutely and one hundred percent free to make copies of it for your own use with your own tools and materials. When something is under copyright, you are not.”