Just catching up on this one from a couple months ago, Stratasys wants you to only use manufacturer-approved materials in 3D printers. Now that the son of Elchanan (Elan) Jaglom – Chairman of the Board Stratasys, is the CEO of MakerBot (Jonathan Jaglom) it might not be a surprise if MakerBot does wants this too (Stratasys owns MakerBot). Jenny Lawton was CEO of MakerBot and is now Chief Strategy Officer at littleBits, Adafruit was the first (and only?) site to report this, it’s pretty big news, what’s up with that?
Any way, back to Stratasys…
Stratasys respectfully requests that the Librarian deny Petitioners’ proposal to exempt from DMCA liability the circumvention of TPMs controlling access to firmware and software in 3D printers in order to allow for the use of non-manufacturer-approved materials.
Right to repair has an overview.
The biggest objection to this request came from the 3D printing company Stratasys. Among other things, Stratasys dismisses the idea that anyone actually wants to use unapproved materials in their 3D printers, or that legal uncertainty would reduce the chances of someone feeling comfortable doing so:
‘The only alleged evidence of any person experiencing uncertainty [around using unapproved materials in a 3D printer] consists of a single quote from a comment on a web forum … [a]t a minimum, this comment is merely conclusory or anecdotal evidence that is insufficient to meet the substantial adverse impact standard required by the statute.’
We need your help to show that there is more than a single person on a web forum interested in using materials in 3D printers without permission. We need you to tell the Copyright Office that copyright law should not stand in the way of using whatever material you choose in a 3D printer.
Stratasys is like “Look, it’s just THAT ONE GUY from a web forum, DON’T BE _THAT_ GUY“… That guy is always talking about unlocking his phone, repairing his car and tractor, remixing his media, ripping his DVDs, running his old video games on new computers – what’s wrong with guy, get a LIFE!