Just 3D Fib

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Just over a year ago I wrote an article about some charming gentlemen with an interesting view of how copyright and licensing work. Well those self same gentlemen have got in touch with me as they’ve apparently been taking people to court and they seem to have the same creative view of how courts and the law works as they do on how copyright works.

Here’s what they have to say for themselves:

“Dear Sir or Madam,

Last year you covered a controversy my firm was involved in-
http://www.anonymong.org/2016/02/19/creative-commons-abuse-3d/

I am writing to you today because in Philadelphia Municipal Court Case SC-17-02-24-6077 we were cleared of any wrong-doing in said controversy and received money damages from defamatory coverage of the controversy.

In light of this update, we would like you to remove your blog post about the controversy or add a disclaimer at the top that we have been cleared of any wrong-doing in court.

Sincerely,
Ryan
Founder, CEO

Just 3D Print, Inc.
www.just3dprint.com – (610)945-7702

They also attached two PDF’s. A Notice of money and an initial statement.

Now having been asked in such a nice and an entirely non threatening manner to update or take down my article I thought I really should update the record, especially as it turns out I’m not the only person to have received such a letter. Needless to say I was interested to check out the details to make sure I didn’t in anyway misrepresent the factual record. How handily the Philadelphia municipal court has a public search facility, so we can all look at the case dockets for ourselves. Once I worked out what to actually search for it turns out that they had more than once case open and it had obviously just slipped their mind to mention that detail to me.

Court search results

Joel Telling(3D Printing Nerd) who they also got in touch with found a 3rd still open case, and has made a rather good video on the matter – which in all fairness I’m going to largely repeat.

So what of this other case, well from what I can see and have been able to ascertain by talking to people – that other case against Tech Crunch didn’t go quite so well for them. This was probably because unlike in the case which they “won” Tech Crunch’s lawyers actually turned up. Pro Tip – the easiest way to “win” a case is if the other side doesn’t turn up. Of course if you win by default nothing has actually been proven. Lets put that aside for a moment and look at the claim that Just3dPrint actually made, again thanks to the Philly courts we can look at the just3Dprint complaint ourselves so we don’t have to bother Ryan D. Simms for the details.

The complaint it seems is that:
“Among numerous false claims made by your company, you allege that my firm was engaged in violating thousands of copyrights when, in fact, we had not received even a single DMCA, Cease and Desist, or other formal allegation even alleging that we were infringing on a single copyright-let alone be found liable in court for such an infringement.”

They then go on to list some a load of quite frankly fantastical projected profits that they’d expected to make from ripping off other peoples design, printing them badly and selling them on e-bay. Does anyone make $2,000,000 a month in gross profits on e-bay? Lets ignore such flights of fancy though. The passage of time seems to have caused a rather impressive lapse in memory for the Ryan, as he seems to have forgotten all the boiler plate letters he sent out telling people that:

“When you uploaded your items onto Thingiverse for mass distribution, you lost all rights to them whatsoever. They entered what is known in the legal world as “public domain”.”

Obviously all those people complaining that he was breaking their copyright weren’t making a formal enough allegation. I guess that E-bay taking down all of Just3DFibs listing due to copy right infringement reports also doesn’t count as a formal allegation either, and certainly wouldn’t have counted as any sort of proof that maybe just maybe they’d failed to understand how copyright works. It’s a bit like claiming that you’ve never been caught drunk and disorderly because whilst you’ve spent many nights sleeping it off in the drunk tank you’ve never gone to prison for it. I do hope for their sake that Ryan and the other self entitled ignorant pond scum at Just3DPrint don’t take the same sort of approach on all legal matters.

Given that they lost one case one the same claims, and only won against Stratasys by default, I think we can safely say that despite the impression Ryan would like to give neither he nor Just3DFib have been cleared of anything. Now I’m not going to say that they’re Walter Mitty types as I think that would be most unfair on Walter Mitty. I will say though that telling people you’ve “been cleared of all wrong doing” because you won a case by default and neglecting to mention that you lost a very similar case is more than a little bit dishonest.

So Ryan I’m glad to have been able to post an accurate update with regards to your previous actions and your current dishonest behavior. If you can provide me with the full transcripts of all your cases where it clearly shows that you’ve been cleared of all wrong doing then I’ll happily post a retraction of this and my previous article. As I realise you have problems with understanding how laws work I should probably explain that other people being punished for saying mean things about you isn’t the same thing as your being “cleared of any wrong-doing in court”. So until I see actual evidence to the contrary you and your colleagues remain in my opinion – dishonest, self entitled, ignorant, copy right infringing, untalented, four flushing dick of the first water.

Glad to have been able to put the record straight for you.

Oh as a final side note Donald Trump like Ryan and co at Just3DFib is also an alumni of Wharton College – what on earth do they teach people there?

Labours Magic Money Tree

Magic Money TreeThis alleged proof of Labours sense just convinces me they are actually as mad as a box of frogs.
Ignoring that a “fat cat” tax is to my mind immoral, and that reducing inheritance tax isn’t a give away it’s letting people do what they like with their own money – unless you think that everything you own belongs to the state at the moment of your death.
Charging VAT on private schools is also daft as people going to private schools are still paying in taxation for state schools they’re not using, the more people that pay for private education the more funds for state education we should be encouraging it as people opting out of state education will always save more than VAT on that opt out.

Tax avoidance isn’t illegal it’s following the law, they possibly meant tax evasion – but in either case either simplify the tax code or face the fact that governments are always trying to cut down on tax evasion and it rarely improves. Ditto with closing tax loopholes – I don’t believe that Labour are promising to simplify the tax code so this is the same Sisyphean task that every government says they’ll tackle.

So that leaves increasing corporation tax, increasing income tax, taxing offshore property and a robin hood tax .Which are far smaller targets.
Corporation tax is eventually paid by customers or shareholders (such as pensioners and investment funds) – so it might bring in more money for the state (which is arguable) but it’ll make us all worse off in the meantime.
Increasing income tax on the top 5% will probably see a shift in behavior and so not raise as much as is hoped and also again I’d question the morality of it, the top 5% already pay a high proportion of the taxes and bringing them ever closer to paying more in tax than in earnings again isn’t going to encourage anyone to have an income in the UK.
Tax on off shore property – the people most likely to be hit by this are those with holiday homes, people with serious property holdings will move them around and they’re likely paying local taxes on those properties already – how is it moral to tax something which costs this country nothing?
As to the robin hood tax far more informed people than I have already demolished this idea and it’s really a sure-fire way to destroy the UK’s financial industry especially when it’s allegedly already on the ropes due to Brexit.

So in summary Labours money tree is either impractical, immoral or ineffective.

The Glorious 29th

Brexit Day Today has seen the UK give notice to the EU that we intend to leave their club. This doesn’t mean that anything at all has changed today, only that the long and complex process of leaving the EU can now begin. I’ve seen people wondering why people who voted leave aren’t making more of a song and dance about it, and whilst I can’t speak for anyone else I can say why I’m not.

  • Many of the people I know have spent the last year or so accusing people that support the idea of Brexit of being racist, gullible, stupid, backward, ignorant and much more. I don’t really want to argue with those people
  • A lot of people I know are quite upset about the decision to leave the EU and I’m polite enough to not want to add to their woes.
  • This is merely the start of the process, as the saying goes “now begins the real work”, if we let our politicians implement the kind of Brexit that everyone is afraid of then there will be noting to celebrate. I’ll celebrate when we’ve actually left the EU, if we do so in a manner which strengthens and broadens our international relationships, is less protectionist, more outward looking and more democratic then we ever could be in the EU.

Today is merely the start of a process, where that process takes us depends on our politicians and civil servants. If you don’t like the direction they seem to be taking us now isn’t the time to sit back and say “they voted for it, they can fix it”. Now is the time to contact your MP and tell them what you want the UK to look like once we leave the EU. Do you want to keep favouring wealthy western nations over the rest of the world? Do you want to continue protectionist policies that disadvantage developing nations? Do you want to stick to the poorer standards of animal welfare that the EU require over the stronger standards the UK proposed? Do you want to give current EU citizens resident int he UK the right to stay, ask for it. All of this and so much more is still up for debate and you can sit and moan and be angry on social media or you can do something about it, the choice is yours. As so many people keep saying no one has agreed what we want from Brexit so why not actually tell your MP what you want? I did, and will be doing so again.

Today nothing changes, leaving the EU doesn’t mean a return to a former years, it doesn’t mean leaving Europe, it doesn’t mean the end to trade and co-operation, it doesn’t mean that the rest of Europe cease to be our friends, colleagues and partners, it doesn’t mean turning our back on the rest of the world, it doesn’t mean abandoning human rights or anything else. Though of course it could end up meaning all of those things if you let it, leaving the EU brings accountability back to Parliament, so it’s up to us to hold our elected representatives to account to deliver the sort of post EU country that we want. Once we leave the EU our politicians can no longer pas responsibility off to someone else, they will be the ones representing us on international standards committees and in trade negotiations and everywhere else where in the past they’ve delegated responsibility to the EU. This means that it’s up to us to hold them to account and to vote and campaign for the issues that matter to us. Or we could just say it’s other peoples problems, change our profiles pictures and complain on social media and let other people decide which direction our country goes in. No political party is in power for ever, no political party is even significant for ever if we decide they no longer represent us and actually do something about it.

So what today signals is that we all need to grow up and take responsibility for the actions of our representatives and for making sure they act on our behalf in the manner we desire. Alternatively wash your hands of the responsibility, say it’s up to the people you’ve called stupid and backward, say your ashamed of this country and then later you can wonder why it all turned out so badly.