At the same time, The Pirate Bay, a popular Bittorrent website that is platform dedicated to public file-sharing also announced they will begin to transmit innovative new computer files, those of 3D objects that can be made with 3D printers. They are calling these files Physibles. Although websites like, shapeway.com offer 3D printing, these files could be distributed to make objects or tools in-house wherever there is a printer.
Sharing objects such as tools, maybe have social impacts in a very profound way. This was expressed by WinstonQ2038, a blogger on the website who announced the news on Physibles, "The benefit to society is huge. No more shipping huge amount of products around the world. No more shipping the broken products back. No more child labour.” He goes further to state eventually we could print food for people who need it. (As many already know, 3D printed parts are not that durable. I am sure bad labor practices will remain in full effect.)
This is a new area of I.P. infringement. Stealing digital files to make physical objects.
Legal issues on intellectual property infringement may result from the sharing of these Physible files. Whether or when the FBI begins to monitor over public transfers, the public’s right to transfer information over the Internet will truly be tested. The FBI could potentially get in the way of that technological and social progress, as the federal government creeps more and more into our daily lives, in the name of security.
This story combined with those about SOPA and ACTA show the world is at a crossroad when it comes to digital privacy and protection. Many are battling between being a democratic state or a privatized one. It is apparent that some laws will pass and will be enforced. Now it is a matter of figuring out the boundaries the government should respect with regards to security.