Michael Weinberg

Michael Weinberg

Michael Weinberg is Vice President at Public Knowledge, a nonprofit advocacy group that represents consumers on technology issues in Washington, DC. He is also also the author of a number of whitepapers including It Will Be Awesome if They Don't Screw it Up: 3D Printing, Intellectual Property, and the Fight Over the Next Great Disruptive Technology and What's the Deal with Copyright and 3D Printing? Follow him @MWeinbergPK

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Yesterday news broke that Katy Perry* (among other things, the intended star of the 2015 Super Bowl Halftime Show) demanded that the 3D printing website Shapeways stop selling a model of Left Shark (perhaps the actual star of the Super Bowl Halftime Show). The letter to Shapeways came on fancy... Read more »

3D render of Moses courtesy Jerry Fisher

  Late last year we highlighted the fantastic work that the Cooper Hewitt Museum is doing to set an example for how museums and other cultural institutions can make high quality 3D scans available to the public. Unfortunately, just as long summer days must turn to cold winter nights, we... Read more »


The long running patent infringement lawsuit between 3D Systems and Formlabs is over. The two sides settled, agreeing to dismiss all claims and counterclaims and for each side to pay its own legal costs. Additionally, Formlabs will pay 3D Systems an 8% royalty on Formlabs sales. This development brings to... Read more »

Photo: Kent Wang

  Recently, the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum released detailed 3D scan data for its home. And it has a pretty nice home. The museum, which is located in Manhattan and is dedicated to historic and contemporary design, is housed in the former mansion of Andrew Carnegie. Built around the turn of the... Read more »

As you may recall, back in November Stratasys (the company that owns MakerBot) sued Microboards Technology, LLC (the company that makes the Afinia desktop 3D printer) for patent infringement. Specifically, Stratasys accused Afinia of violating four of its patents. This case is important beyond the fates of Stratasys and Afinia... Read more »

image: thingiverse user approx

In March, we wrote about a White House memo directing federal agencies to make 3D files more available to the public.At the time, the best example of this was the Smithsonian X 3D platform. Since then, the NIH has gotten into the action with its 3D Print Exchange, as has NASA... Read more »

DJI Phanton Quadcopter. Image from flickr user Adam Meek.

Public Knowledge's Michael Weinberg translates the key legal principles regarding digital files, 3D printing, and intellectual property and breaks it down from a US legal perspective. Read more »