Regulating Products of 3D Printing
Practical Effects of 3D Printing on Intellectual Property Law
Keynote Address – Mark A. LemleyWilliam H. Neukom Professor of Law
The Right to Print Arms: 3D Printing and Gun Rights
I find 3-D printing to be a pretty interesting subject in general, although my discussions of it are largely constrained to issues surrounding 3-D printing and guns (See here, here, and here). All of the topics listed on the schedule look fascinating, and I look forward to seeing the scholarship that comes out of the symposium.
I find the Second Amendment implications of regulating 3-D printed firearms to be particularly interesting. Very little has been said on this topic -- the one published piece of which I am aware is a comment by Peter Jensen-Haxel, entitled, 3D Printers, Obsolete Firearm Supply Controls, and the Right To Build Self-Defense Weapons Under Heller. A few more pieces seem to be in the works. I found this short paper by Kevin O'Neill, entitled, Is Technology Outmoding Traditional Firearms Regulation? 3-D Printing, State Security, and the Need for Regulatory Foresight in Gun Policy, and it looks like Josh Blackman is working on a paper discussing the First and Second Amendment implications of 3-D printing regulations.
I have already written on the Second Amendment, and I am worried that if I write something else on the subject that I may be deemed even more of a "gun nut" than I currently am. But I think that the technology and law in this area is so new and interesting that writing something on this might be worth the risk.