And when Fernando Sosa created an iPod docking station based on the Iron Throne chair from the popular HBO TV series Game of Thrones, I imagine the last thing he expected was a cease and desist letter from US boradcaster HBO: HBO owns the rights to the show, its characters, and (apparently) the inanimate objects that appear on screen in the popular series. Readwrite.com comments “As user-generated 3D model marketplaces like Thingiverse and Shapeways grow, expect to see them flooded with creations based on trademarked and copyrighted material. And expect to hear about more takedowns, lawsuits and new legal precedents”.
More on http://readwrite.com/2013/02/20/3d-printing-will-be-the-next-big-copyright-fight and more on KapitallWire here and Public Knowledge's take on this issue here (What's the Deal with Copyright and 3D Printing?) saying "News outlets have discovered 3D printing. Rightsholders are issuing takedown notices. And Congress has started to take a look. At the same time, a lot has stayed the same. People are continuing to innovate to make home 3D printers better. Creators are pushing the limits as they design even more intricate 3D printed objects. And we are beginning to see the beginnings of physical remix artists."