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3D printing was left out of the Undetectable Firearms Act, but the discussion about 3D printed guns raises broader concerns about how well lawmakers understand making things at home.
Yesterday the Senate passed an extension of the Undetectable Firearms Act. While this act is mostly about what its name suggests – undetectable firearms – discussion about the bill has managed to bring in 3D printing. As an organization, Public Knowledge takes no positions on gun policy. Therefore we would not normally have anything to say about a gun-related bill. But Public Knowledge is involved in 3D printing policy. With the passage of this extension in both the Senate and last week in the House, now is a good time to explain what has lead us to this point, what is happening now, and how it all impacts 3D printing.
We are happy to announce that Public Knowledge will host a third Adam Thomas Memorial Fellow in 2014. Adam's friends and family came together this year to raise funds to support a new fellow in Adam's honor. We wanted to share their stories about why remembering Adam with this Fellowship is important.
"Adam’s feather in life had settled upon his passion to make the power of information accessible and create an environment where our full creative potentials may thrive. He has held this passion when going to Pitt Law and earning his Intellectual Property Rights certification. He has worked towards this goal when working at the Electronic Freedom Foundation and he has laid to rest as he sought to reach his dream at Public Knowledge.
The largest telephone companies in the U.S. have announced they want toupgrade the technology that delivers phone service, but they also want to leave behind many of the rules that protect consumers.
Location: The National Museum of American Jewish Military History
1811 R Street, NW—one block NE of Dupont Circle Metro
Public Knowledge Senior Vice President Harold Feld will be speaking at this November 19, 2013 event:
The tragic suicide of Internet activist Aaron Swartz in the fall of 2012 drew public attention to the ethical problems that arise from the protection—or overprotection--of intellectual property. Does information really want to be free, as the saying goes?
And what can we learn from Jewish tradition--from the Talmud to more modern interpretations -- about creating a fair balance between the intellectual property rights of writers and other artists and access to copyrighted media in the United States?
Harold Feld, Senior Vice President at Public Knowledge, will testify tomorrow before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation in the hearing titled, "Crafting a Successful Incentive Auction: Stakeholders' Perspectives." In the hearing, the Committee intends to examine the issues surrounding the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) implementation of spectrum incentive auctions.
Today, the Innovation Act introduced by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) passed the House with a bipartisan vote of 325-91. The bill introduces changes to various aspects of patent litigation practice and other aspects of the patent system to help curb these abuses.
The following can be attributed to Christopher J. Lewis, Vice President of Government Affairs:
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