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The Maker Movement: Copyright law, remix culture, and 3D printing.

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There has been much interest in how intellectual property law, policy, and practice will adapt to the emergence of 3D printing and the maker movement. Intellectual property lawyers are grappling with the impact of additive manufacturing upon a variety of forms of intellectual property – including copyright law, trade mark law, designs law, patent law, and trade secrets. The disruptive technology of 3D printing poses opportunities and challenges for legal practitioners and policy-makers.

Presented by the Global Business Innovation ECP, Dr Matthew Rimmer will speak on a number of early conflicts and skirmishes in respect of copyright law and 3D printing which highlight a conflict between the open culture of the Maker Movement, and the closed culture of copyright industries. Rimmer will also examine questions about scanning, copyright law, 3D printing and readymades, as well as copyright law, the Creative Commons, and cultural heritage.

Dr Matthew Rimmer is a Professor in Intellectual Property and Innovation Law at the Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology (QUT). He is a leader of the QUT Intellectual Property and Innovation Law research program, and a member of the QUT Digital Media Research Centre (QUT DMRC) the QUT Australian Centre for Health Law Research (QUT ACHLR), and the QUT International Law and Global Governance Research Program. Rimmer has published widely on copyright law and information technology, patent law and biotechnology, access to medicines, plain packaging of tobacco products, intellectual property and climate change, and Indigenous Intellectual Property.

Rimmer is currently working as a Chief Investigator on the ARC Discovery Project on “Inventing The Future: Intellectual Property and 3D Printing” (2017-2020). This project aims to provide guidance for industry and policy-makers about intellectual property, three-dimensional (3D) printing, and innovation policy.

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