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MakerBot Responds to Shady eBay Store Selling Thingiverse Users’ 3D Models

by • February 23, 2016 • No Comments

3dp_starwars_manufacturerbot_logoIn case you missed it, at the end of last week Thingiverse developer Loubie found that a keep on eBay was selling 3D printed copies of one of her 3D versions despite that version carrying a Creative Common Attribution Non-Commercial license. Essentially, an NC license dictates that anyone is free to 3D print and use her version yet they want with the different of in fact selling it. By 3D printing and selling copies of her 3D version Aria the Dragon, the keep was unquestionably in violation of the terms of Loubie’s license. And it wasn’t just Loubie who was having her rights violated. It turns out that the eBay keep, calling themselves just3dprint, had seemingly bulk downloaded thousands of Thingiverse 3D versions and the developers’ photos and was reselling them despite most of the versions carrying similarly restrictive licenses.

Sad face by Thingiverse user Loubie.

Sad face by Thingiverse user Loubie.

When Loubie contacted just3dprint and asked to have her work removed of their keep, she got a a fewhow ridiculous response that a fewhow much just blew her off. Getting nowhere with the seller, Loubie decided to turn it into a Sad Face version and upload it to Thingiverse to draw attention to just3dprint’s shady behavior. And draw attention to the issue she did: the Sad Face Thing has so far resulted in additional than six hundred comments, that may be a Thingiverse record, and drew dozens of man community users who found that their own work was being misused.

Unfortunately for just3dprint, a fewhow than just rectify the situation by removing the versions that were in violation of their licenses, a fewone of the company decided to wade into the comments and defend their actions. If you haven’t read their epic, 3,500+ word response (I’ve attached screen caps to the end of this post) manufacture certain that you check it out, it is a thing of beauty, in both its needless length and its inability to get virtually any of the legal factors correct. The just3dprint representative in addition, humorously, created the claim that the Thingiverse Terms of Use were “worthless” and suggested that they were written by a first-year law student. Well, MakerBot, that owns Thingiverse, has finally weighed in on the issue and appears to be bringing the violation of their ToU quite seriously.

“Several participants of the Thingiverse community have not long ago raised concerns of an eBay member who is selling 3D prints of create files of Thingiverse. In most cases, the restrictions or obligations placed on those files by Thingiverse users are being completely disregarded. Whilst we are yet investigating the precise circumstances, we want to emphasize that MakerBot views violations of our community participants’ rights with the utmost seriousness. We firmly counter this kind of use of our community’s talented designs. To put it just, we see such violations as a direct attack on the quite goal of Thingiverse and the Creative Commons (CC) framework. Because there has been a few misinformation being disseminated as part of the discussion, we wanted to take this opportunity to clarify how Thingiverse works and the rights, that you as Thingiverse users, have when via our platform,” said the MakerBot legal team on their blog post responding to the issue.

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The original listing of Loubie’s Aria the Dragon 3D version has now been removed.

MakerBot reiterated what several in the 3D printing industry had been saying all week, which include 3D printing copyright and legal tremendous Michael Weinberg, that just3dprint was in quite clear violation of the 3D developers’ rights. Many of the 3D versions being sold carried the same Creative Common Attribution Non-Commercial license as Loubie’s create. Many additional carried a additional forgiving license that may allow third parties to sell 3D prints of the create provided they attributed the create to the creator, that just3dprint did not bother to do. According to MakerBot, what just3dprint did is unequivocally a violation of the principles of what Thingiverse as a 3D version sharing platform stands for, not to mention the spirit of the CC licenses.

“MakerBot is committed to protecting the rights of its community participants. In the case of the eBay seller described above, our legal team is preparing communication to the appropriate parties. Since MakerBot does not own the content that our users upload to Thingiverse, we in addition encourage community participants who recognize third party conduct that violates their CC licenses to contact the platforms that are harboring such behavior. We are pleased to answer any inquiries that we can at this time and provide assistance. Community participants can get in touch with our Thingiverse community manager here,” MakerBot continued.

Thingiverse-Blog-Post1-700x325At this point, Loubie and several other 3D developers have had their versions removed of the just3dprint keep, yet there are yet hundreds of other versions yet in violation of their licenses that stay for sale. Some quite helpful Thingiverse users are digging through the additional than 2,000 3D versions featured on the just3dprint eBay keep and posting the versions that are in violation of their CC licenses in the Sad Face comments. If you see any of your designs being sold in violation of your CC license and so you can contact eBay here to ask them to remove them of the just3dprint keepfront.

Sadly, MakerBot did not respond to just3dprint’s suggestion that their Terms of Use were written by a first-year law student, but they did manufacture it quite clear that they were actively bringing steps to resolve the issue. Not just was just3dprint in violation of the licenses of most of the Thingiverse developers, but they were in addition in direct violation of several parts of the Thingiverse Terms of Use. You can read MakerBot’s full statement regarding the issue here, and manufacture certain that you pop by and read Michael Weinberg’s full blog post of the legalities of the case here and a point-by-point rundown here, it’s a excellent read.

See the entire just3dprint comment in its entirety at a lower place. What are your thoughts on this issue? Discuss in the Thingiverse 3D Printing User Rights forum over at 3DPB.com.

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