copyrighted SLA parts

From: Brock Hinzmann (
Date: Fri Jun 07 2002 - 23:57:31 EEST

Blasch, Larry wrote:
>If a photographer can copyright the photo he created, can a
>"stereolithographer" copyright the SLA part he created?
>Talk about a can of worms that would create.

Add to that question: How much different does the stereolithograph/design
need to be from another design to be unique? A better anology than the
photograph might be in songwriting. All the notes are the same ones everyone
else uses and you write them down using the same symbols, but the order
makes a big difference. Sometimes the order sounds very similar when two
songs are played, and when they sound too similar, someone sues. If you
design a surface to undulate in a certain way that changes the way it feels to
the touch, can you claim distinctiveness that you can copyright? If the
digital design is exactly the same, but the material you use alters the
feel, smell, taste, appearance, toxicity, weight, strength, and so on, can it
be copyrighted?

Brock Hinzmann
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