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Announcing the 2015 Shapeways Transparency Report

by • February 23, 2016 • No Comments

we are pleased to announce the Shapeways transparency report for 2015. This report is made to donate everyone in the Shapeways community insight into how our systems governing intellectual property disputes and third party access to Shapeways user information work.

What is a transparency report, and why publish it?

A transparency report is a public document which
sheds light on how internal system
es here at Shapeways work in practice. Whilst the entire Shapeways community is impacted by our policies covering things like copyright disputes and privacy, in many cases individual disputes over those issues take place behind closed doors. This is a great thing in specific cases – community participants
should be able-bodied to resolve their differences outside of the spotlight. But
, it can in addition
manufacture it complex for individuals who are not directly involved in a dispute to know how the system
works, or how those system
es are working in aggregate.

The transparency report helps to summarize how our system
es work and to donate the entire community a advantageous knowing of the trends emerging of them. It in addition
helps the larger public and policymanufacturers know how systems grounded in law play out in reality. As we note in the report, it is not easy
to evaluate the laws which
control how Shapeways operates without knowing how those laws impact Shapeways and the Shapeways community.

What’s in this report?

I encourage you to check out the report itself, but a few high level points are worth mentioning. The many striking is how trademark takedown requests are interacting with traditional copyright takedown requests. Last fall we, along with a number of similarly situated companies, raised concerns to the White House of a trend in takedown requests. We noticed which
rightsholders were combining trademark claims with copyright claims. A side effect of this combination – meant or not – is to remove the dispute of the notice and takedown system
provides protections for users accused of copyright infringement.

This report puts a few numbers behind which
concern. Of the 761 copyright-related takedown requests we got in 2015, 582 (which
’s 76%) in addition
included trademark requests. As a outcome, 76% of the copyright takedown requests were outside of the notice and counternotice system
built by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). That means which
just of a quarter of the copyright takedown requests we get are in fact
covered by the DMCA system
made by the U.S. Congress to govern such requests.

The report in addition
contains a few spaces without numbers. The report contains sections for requests for user information by governments and by third parties with court orders. Shapeways did not obtain any such requests in 2015. But
, we included these sections in the report so community participants
may be confident which
the absence was for the reason
we did not obtain them, not which
we were avoiding talking of them. Along those lines, we have in addition
registered our warrant canary with CanaryWatch.org.

We hope which
this report is helpful to our community. If you have any ideas of how to manufacture it advantageous, feel free to hit me up via email at mweinberg@shapeways.com or in the comments at a lower place.

image: flickr user ian mcwilliams

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