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Monday, May 13, 2013

5 new developments since Cody Wilson fired world's first fully functioning 3D-printed gun last week




Five new developments since Cody Wilson test-fired the first fully functioning 3D-printed gun (a.k.a. the “Liberator”) and released the printable file for it on the Internet last week:

1.  The file was downloaded 100,000 times in just the first two days it appeared on line.

2.  Last Thursday a letter to Mr. Wilson from the U.S. State Department Office of Defense Trade Controls Compliance demanded the removal of the Liberator file and other downloadable designs for printable gun parts from his Website DEFCAD.org, until the State Department decides whether or not the files’ Internet availability violates American arms export control laws called the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).

3.  In compliance Mr. Wilson has removed the files from his own servers, although they have already spread to other file-sharing sites where they still remain available.  

4.  Mr. Wilson has also made the printable gun files accessible at a public library and a bookstore in Austin, Texas--which he claims entitlement to do under his organization Defense Distributed’s exemption for non-profit public domain releases of technical files designed to create a safe harbor for research and other public interest activities.

5.  Mr. Wilson is said to be weighing his further legal options and has also contacted the Electronic Frontier Foundation for help in counteracting what he views as an infringement of his right to free speech.

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