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Re: [dvd-discuss] Some opinions on the appellate court's decision (longish)

To take this one step farther....do we ban technology to stop all 
possible copyright infringements that MAY occur sometime maybe 
in the future? <NFW>

Date sent:      	Thu, 29 Nov 2001 17:57:57 -0500 (EST)
From:           	Scott A Crosby <crosby@qwes.math.cmu.edu>
To:             	Claus Fischer <claus.fischer@clausfischer.com>
Copies to:      	<dvd-discuss@eon.law.harvard.edu>
Subject:        	Re: [dvd-discuss] Some opinions on the appellate court's decision
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> On Thu, 29 Nov 2001, Claus Fischer wrote:
> >
> > As opposed to other forms of instruction, like recipes and
> > blueprints, where the functional aspect is not so immediate.
> >
> > Perhaps it would be good to argue that for many forms of
> > speech (blueprings, cooking recipes) machines can be
> > constructed which do the same (shove in normed blueprint,
> > press button, get result); the only technical aspect here is
> Such machine exist commercially:
>   http://www.google.com/search?q=3d+prototyping+
> For a quick description of the technology,
>   http://www.spectrum3d.com/sla_disc.html
> 3D rapid prototyping machines. Feed them a blueprint for a 3d object,
> and they build a model. there are many variants, I know of ones that
> can build paper, plastic, and there may be ones that can build metal.
> There's one in the building next to me.
> So, you could, say, feed in the blueprint of a sharp knife into such a
> 3d plastic prototyping system, wait a bit, and pull out a plastic
> knife (undetectable in an X-ray)... Or, have it build some plastic
> doo-dad that literally breaks into a knife-like object.
> The one referenced above can build any object fitting in a 20x20x23
> well.
> So, since blueprints are now fully functional, have they lost
> copyright?
> Scott