Bootlegging: now with actual boots!

Illegal downloads aren’t just for music anymore! According to this article, The Pirate Bay, a popular filesharing site based in Sweden, will now host files destined for 3-D printers. It calls these files “physibles,” a term that’s catchy enough. They announced the step with fanfare and a dash of utopianism:

We believe that things like three dimensional printers, scanners and such are just the first step. We believe that in the nearby future you will print your spare parts for your vehicles. You will download your sneakers within 20 years. 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. We’ll be able to print food for hungry people.

Of course, given The Pirate Bay’s infamous reputation as a harbor for copyright scofflaws, those downloaded sneaker specs are likely to represent someone else’s intellectual property. And downloaders of “physibles” are probably not gonna want to pay. You can’t say the RIAA didn’t warn you this was coming, Adidas!

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Categories: Critical Discourse, Print-related, Technology


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