We've been wondering how property rights will work in the future, when anyone will be able to punch out objects on their 3D printer as necessary. Will you go to Home Depot to get that bolt? Or perhaps you will just print one? Do you have the design for the bolt? Maybe you need to buy the design from Home Depot Designs Online first? It seems that in the future the design will become more important than the object it represents.
This line of thought is discussed in more detail by Omar Elsayed in his blog, where he says:
Possessing a digital model of an object is all that’s needed to fabricate it - once again ownership affords nothing. That’s an all-around game changer.
We are certain there will be much more discussion on property rights in the future. This is just the start.