This particular snippet is particularly resonant to the challenges of Glowforge ownership.
Selling your soul to the devil for fame and fortune is a timeless narrative driver. Doctorow is especially interested in individual rights and freedoms while at the same time having an admirable understanding of the common good.
The wrestling match of the control of technology between the boundaries of individual freedom and the boundaries of social benefit gets played out over and over in so many ways.
I do believe that Glowforge is genuinely interested in the benefit of its customers. This forum has documented that interest. At the same time, the boundaries of property, international law, and simple logistics are going to get mangled by the inescapable dynamic of I/Them.