Youmagine publishes 3DPL, an Open Source License for 3D Printed things

The 3DPL is a license for 3D Printed things that has been specially made so that people can create, improve and share their inventions with the world.

Youmagine wants people to build upon previous technologies, improve them, remix them and individualize them. They wish to create the preconditions for a 3D printed world where all the stuff in the world is iteratively and fluidly collectively improved. The 3DPL is a part of Youmagine’s effort to make all the things in the world malleable.

Youmagine asks feedback. They want the community what doesn’t make sense to them, what they hate, what should be changed. Please involve others. Youmagins is especially interested in home 3D printer users, companies that use 3D printing, lawyers, people from the wider open source community, inventors, artists, designers, makers and creators in the broadest sense. The 3DPL itself can be found here on Medium and you can comment on it there. Feel free also to ask questions or discuss it in the comments. Youmagine considers the license to be in beta, so anything and everything is open for discussion and change. They want to make it as inclusive as possible in order to cater to the entire 3D printing community so please get stuck in there and tell them what needs to be improved.

Why should you get involved in shaping the 3DPL?

  • There is a real opportunity here to lay the foundations for a world where much of the emerging technology landscape will be available to all under an open source license. A world where a good portion of the inventions made in the future will be shared and created through 3D printing.
  • Other open source licenses were not created with 3D printing in mind.
  • In order to safeguard and encourage creation we have to properly protect inventors and innovators or progress and breakthroughs will be impeded.
  • In order to ensure progress on collectively developed technologies disputes over intellectual property should be resolved in a quick and efficient manner.
  • In order to encourage sharing and remix it should be clear what rights are held by whom and what one can do with a file that has been shared.
  • Since the 3DPL is the first and only license for 3D printed things it may just end up being the standard one everyone uses. And it would suck if the 3DPL sucked.

What are some interesting things about the 3DPL?

  • The design must always be attributed.
  • All subsequent derivatives of a shared file must be available for remix and sharing.
  • If the creator requires that you include reference to be printed on or in the physical printed object, such as a logo or name, you have to respect that and are not allowed to remove that reference without the creator’s approval.
  • If one doesn’t abide by the terms of the license the rights granted under the 3DPL will be terminated immediately.
  • If you fail to comply with the license such as selling a work that was meant to be non-commercial then you must pay the creator 3 times the gross revenue you made on the sale.
  • Arbitration for conflicts between parties is arranged for in accordance with the WIPO Expert Determination Rules.

There are 3 license types:

  • REMIX: With a REMIX license your derivative work must be available to remix and share by others.
  • REMIX — NON COM A REMIX — NON COM license restricts the use of the Design File, the modified Design File and any Designed Product to non-commercial use only. The Design File, the Modified Design File or any Designed Product may not be used with the intent of making money directly or indirectly from it.
  • REMIX — RIGHTS MELT REMIX — NON COM for 12 months melting down to REMIX after 12 months. With a REMIX — RIGHTS MELT license your design file is available as a non-commercial share-alike file for 12 months. After this period the license will automatically become REMIX.

This 3DPL is managed and powered by “YouMagine 3D BV and Louwers IP|Technology Advocaten” and may be revised from time to time.

For more information click here or for updates visit the Youmagine site.

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