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Protecting Intellectual Property When Publishing 3-D Models

Journal Article
ISSN: 1946-391X, e-ISSN: 1946-3928
Published October 07, 2008 by SAE International in United States
Protecting Intellectual Property When Publishing 3-D Models
Citation: Taube, A. and Conway, D., "Protecting Intellectual Property When Publishing 3-D Models," SAE Int. J. Commer. Veh. 1(1):495-504, 2009,
Language: English


Light-weight 3-D models offer improved communication and visualization for advertising, marketing, service technicians, suppliers and other business partners. These models also may be a ready source of geometry and a window into a company's intellectual property for miscreants seeking to pirate designs and to produce counterfeit or will-fit parts.
What approaches and tools are available to help protect a company's intellectual property while enabling it and its business partners to benefit from widespread distribution of 3-D animations and models? How should they be applied to effectively protect intellectual property?
This paper provides a general survey of techniques available for protecting intellectual property in 3-D models when sending these files outside of a company and into broad distribution.