Defense Distributed, the Texas company that created the plans for the Liberator, a 3-D-printed gun, have received a letter to take the plans down from the internet, reports Betabeat. If you're wondering why the State Department is involved and not the ATF or the larger Justice Department, well, there's a reason.
The State Department cited the International Traffic in Arms Regulation for the request. ITAR is a series of regulations on exports; the idea is that by uploading the CAD files to the internet, Defense Distributed is, um, distributing them internationally. "Please note that disclosing (including oral or visual disclosure) or transferring technical data to a foreign person, whether in the United States or abroad, is considered an export," reads the letter. So it looks like web disclosure is included, or at least, the State Department thinks it is.
The plans are still floating around the internet; it's impossible to shove this toothpaste back into the tube, though the State Department isn't the first governmental agency to try.
State Dept is involved because some of these people seem to be operating very close to some that have currently running immunities, both domestically and internationally. Also, there is the issue about what crime is on the internet, and what rights are in general now. They get negotiated with because it's all about as clear as mud legally, and the ATFE nor any of the rest have the gas for it. There's no direction from the Supremes because of all the competing immunities that are piling up. Very little is illegal at the top these days. What little is illegal has very functional workarounds; not that many need them now.
Well, they wanted to have a national conversation about the issue. I hope they were savvy enough to anticipate part of that conversation would take the form of direct legal threats against them.
This is going to have to be resolved in a courtroom at some point. I suspect it'll go all the way to the supreme court, with some help from the various rights groups (EFF, ACLU, etc.) out there.
This just means if you have the plans for the death star, you're not allowed to trade in them.
WOW this guy dose not know what he could be in for.
The last time I went throw ITAR training I remember the company emphasizing the State Department was looking for a poster child.
WOW @DJBREIT, tri lernin tu spel before posting on a public webpage. The state department is involved because there is no precedent for dealing with something like this, so the people who want it gone are grasping at straws. It will be interesting to see what happens after the courts and lawyers get involved. There is potential for this to have an impact on data sharing as a whole, since it encompasses "distribution of technical data" related to weaponry. That could be a pretty broad category. I don't think this is some conspiracy to come up with a poster child, the guy wanted to cause a stir, and he got it.
So he coudl find a person outside US and say that he did the design on plans. So any us department of idiocracy would have no legal grounds to tell him anything.
They cant tell me anythign if i would want to post my phaser blueprints!!!!
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If the bad guy is shot buy a printed unregistered gun made by a home owner, can the bad guy sue the home owner for an unregistered weapon? Might the home owner go to jail for possessing an unregistered weapon and shooting the bad guy, who broke into the home owner home?
For all bad guys who desire to break into a house and cause harm, beware a PRINTER lurks inside that home! Bra-ha-hahaha!
I adore a good deterrent!
Distributing plans you say?
Then Michio Kaku must be in deep sh*t for his Lightsaber plans.