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19 thoughts on “Comment Responses: Will 3D Printing Break Copyright? | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios

  1. Amanda Riviera

    Some people make their own Magic: The Gathering cards, ranging from crude knock off to amazing custom work. WotC runs tournaments and just enforces a strict rule of using legitimate cards if you want to participate. Also, collectors want the legitimate ones. So while yes people will make their own miniatures (I completely plan to do that myself, even though it is for role playing and I want my own custom characters), there will always be a market for the official merchandise.

    But at the end of the day, if a new technology breaks your business model it means you have to evolve your business model. It's why libraries have computers and online journal access. You need to stay relevant or you will get left behind.

  2. PyroMancer2k

    I'm not sure the War Gaming will go with being the best. A lot of their rules are intentionally about forcing players to purchase more figures. For example with 40K official turrets require that you have the most current version of the model, which they change every couple decades to force you to buy new ones.

    Also they have the "What you see is what you get rule". So if you guy a guy with a pistol you can't simply give him a rifle even though all it would require is a simple stat change, like changing your equipment on a D&D character where the model doesn't change only the equipment/stats do. This means that if you want to have more options for your army you have to buy more miniatures.

    In the more casual players they "What you see is what you get rule" is not as heavily enforced, and neither is the having the latest version of the model. Mostly because they just want to play the game. Heck hanging out at local gaming store you met a lot of people, including those not rich enough to buy a ton of units. As a result a few times we would use model from other games to represent figures we didn't own.

    That has actually been a major problem with the industry in general, as you easily need a few hundred dollars to get into the game. Sure buying used of EBay can save you a ton but it still cost a lot of money. And in a world where people complain about $60 for a video game, asking to fork down several hundred on a game that is fairly niche so it requires tracking down people in your area to play with in person, it's no real surprise that it hasn't grown rather large.

    I think Games Workshop sees the potential issues with this market and is one of the reasons why they have finally wised up in recent years and been selling license rights to their franchise to game developers so we get all these WarHammer games in recent years.

    If anything those I don't think 3D printing will spell the doom for such past times. But instead will lead to a potential Renaissance of them. Because no longer will you need need to fork over a ton of cash to get these models, instead you could print them on demand to try it out and share with others so it could make things easier for more people to get into the past time.

  3. Robert Claypool

    This video is a response to comments, but it has
    Mike responds to comments from the "Will 3D Printing Break Copyright?” episode
    and the link below it appears to be the original video.

  4. H.A. Sánchez

    3:15 – Warhammer 40 K figures got me thinking about items with higher intrinsic value, specifically casino chips. A quick google search landed me on Quora, which I quote:

    "they're not just discs of colored plastic. They are created, machined, and finished using very specialized equipment, and generally feature several antifraud measures ranging from serial numbers to embedded microchips"…

    I wonder if at some point 40 K will incorporate things like RFID tags so a buyer can be sure they're buying an authentic figure.

  5. Jean Claude Van Damme

    I'm just waiting for the war on drugs to be essentially over soon. As the world is starting to take a different look on drugs and their uses, there will be a "shortage" of people to incarcerate on minor drug offences. Therefore, soon we will have a war on piracy! (of all forms, media to physical). To ensure prisons remain nice a cosy at maximum capacity. Because <insert all powerful deity here> knows, we can't function as a society without a senseless "war" on something …. Hah!

    If anyone takes this seriously, don't. Its just my kind of humour. Enjoy!

  6. macsnafu

    The point about 3D printing relating to objects instead of media is important, because the more I think about it, the more I think the real revolution will come from the 3D printing of functional objects, instead of non-functional objects. If the cost of printing useful objects like furniture, appliances, vehicles, clothing, and other such things is cheaper than the traditional manufacturing methods, this will truly upset the traditional business models of production and supply. And even though no intellectual property laws are being violated, there will probably be strong resistance to this, once they realize what's happening.

  7. Damen Evans

    MP3's and 3D printers have ushered in the era of abundance. To cling to the economics of scarcity in the era of abundance is criminal as far as I am concerned. How does one make money in the era of abundance? easy.

    Step one: Makes something(sculpture, song, album, etc.)
    Step two: Share it
    Step 3: Ask people to give you money so you can afford to make more things
    Step 4: make said thing
    Step 5: Share said thing
    Step 6: Repeat.

  8. blue2x2x

    my gripes with copyright of the overall is that most copyright holders would limit channels for limited time/locations. if I want to download a 3d model file but it's only sold and locked outside of North America, how would one can have the ability to own the file without breaking any laws?

  9. Leland Andercheck

    The solution is GamesWorkshop going out of business.

    Their fans hate them, especially after Age of Shitmar they've spiked so much of their own content that they've begun to lose traditional cashcows. They are attempting a weak pivot back towards accessibility that will fail.

    3D printing will accelerate this but proxy printing companies were already driving them to higher and higher pricesout of business.

  10. Isles of Scion

    I remember as a kid when that commercial said "You wouldn't download a car." And I thought…oh man. I never even thought of doing that.

    That would be amazing.

    I would totally do that.


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