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A company run by former Microsoft CTO Nathan Myhrvold has obtained a patent for a technology that could be used to impose digital rights management (DRM) on 3D printing. According to Antonio Regalado, business editor of Technology Review, Myhrvold’s new system “could prevent people from printing objects using designs they haven’t paid for.”

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  1. Patrick October 19, 2012 at 7:09 am

    How long before a company that size lobbies the Gov’t to force all 3D printers to have DRM and to take away all the homemade printers from that pesky anti monopoly anti corporatist maker movement. I hope these folks are not Patent Trolls. Then they might try to copyright basic geometric shapes. Can’t have people finding things to do for themselves once the jobs are all gone.

  2. GreatEmerald October 18, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    What. So they created a software patent for DRM. Good job combining two horrible things. On the bright side, hopefully those manufacturing 3D printers will think that it is not worth paying someone for that and won’t implement any DRM into the printers to begin with.

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