Arizona -(Ammoland.com)- A Seattle court prevented Cody Wilson from publishing 3D files on the Internet for free. Wilson obeys. Now he sells the 3D files in thumb drives instead.
Cody Wilson, while complying with a court order requiring the State Department to retreat from a First Amendment legal settlement, has taken another route showing the irrationality of the court decision.
Here is a brief history of this interesting, if silly, attempt to stop the flow of information.
In 2013, Cody Wilson and Defense Distributed showed the technical potential of using 3D printers to make a simple, plastic, one shot pistol. They called it the Liberator. They released the files on the Internet, for free. Shortly after, the State Department ordered them to stop distributing the files on the Internet. The State Department, under President Obama, argued that distribution of the information on the Internet was an illegal exportation of controlled munitions.
In 2015, Defense Distributed sued the State Department for violating their First Amendment rights.