As mentioned in the previous blog from last week, many cases of online theft go unnoticed on file-sharing websites. In March 2016, 3D content creators were in an uproar because an eBay user called just3dprint took thousands of files from Thingiverse, a user-generated content sharing website, and sold them for profit on eBay. The user tried to defend their shop by claiming that the files were public domain. However, the files fall under the Creative Commons license which allows for non-commercial use only. Eventually, the just3dprint shop was cleared of all stolen content thanks to overwhelming support from the community.
Websites like Thingiverse are able to stay in business because of safe harbor laws which are basically legal safe nets. These laws allow file-sharing websites to play the ignorance card if any copyrighted material lands in their site without their knowledge. “Without safe harbor, sites would have to clear every single thing uploaded by users with their legal departments before allowing them to be posted. That means every model, video, image, comment, etc. – it’s just not possible,” said Clare Scott from 3dprint.com.
There are many websites that have to deal with these issues like Shapeways, Etsy, Kickstarter, and more. Clearly, protection for 3D files is needed and D3CRYPT3D is working hard to combat these issues. Our software prevents unauthorized access to your 3D files with encryption. D3CRYPT3D’s beta software is free to download for those who want to try it out.