CC-PlusDesign.eu—or how to apply Creative Commons licences to 3D printed products in the light of the most recent developments of the european court of justice case law

Margoni, T. (2016) CC-PlusDesign.eu—or how to apply Creative Commons licences to 3D printed products in the light of the most recent developments of the european court of justice case law. In: van den Berg, B., van der Hof, S. and Kosta, E. (eds.) 3D Printing: Legal, Philosophical and Economic Dimensions. Series: Information technology and law series, 26 (26). T.M.C. Asser Press: The Hague, pp. 37-63. ISBN 9789462650954 (doi:10.1007/978-94-6265-096-1_3)

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Abstract

In recent years, 3D printing has become widespread due to the popularisation of new technologies and the diffusion of a culture based on access to and reuse of knowledge. This blend can be called Open Design. Many Open Design supporters argue that 3D printing technology can be seen as the cornerstone of a third industrial revolution. In this light, it is relevant to ask whether modern open designers can benefit from copyright protection and can successfully rely on open licences. In this chapter, Margoni focuses especially on Creative Commons (CC) licences. He provides an overview of the relevant EU copyright law provisions, and on some recent case law of the European Court of Justice. By examining the most relevant aspects of CC licences, including their applicability to products of design, Margoni can investigate whether a proper legal framework for Open Design exists. He concludes that design rights are not included in the current CC licences. However, thanks to a specific tool offered by CC, called CC-Plus, it is possible to “enhance” a CC licence in order to include design rights and possibly to create a legal framework for the development of Open Design projects under the name of CC-PlusDesign.

Item Type:Book Sections
Status:Published
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Margoni, Dr Thomas
Authors: Margoni, T.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Law
Publisher:T.M.C. Asser Press
ISSN:1570-2782
ISBN:9789462650954
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The Author
First Published:First published in 3D Printing: Legal, Philosophical and Economic Dimensions pp. 37-63
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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