WhaleTech: Parallels between Copyright control and Gun control in the 21st century

via defcad.org

via defcad.org

If you’re a Trekkie, you will be aware of the replicator.  A fantastic machine that essentially makes an exact copy of an object.  Better still, it has a huge database of what it has copied before, so it can create a perfect copy for you at the press of a button.

We may only be in the first stages of that particular future, but enter 3D printing – the ability to create objects from stored file of instructions.  No longer do you need expertise.  You only need a 3D printer and the raw “printing” materials, combine it with a library of things to print, like guns, and you’re away.    

So how are governments going to stop people from 3D printing, well, anything?

The Liberty Cryer reports

DEFCAD is website for the 3D printing of guns born by fire and bathed in controversy. But that’s not preventing it from growing.

Since launching in December, DEFCAD has become home to nearly 90 components, including bullet casingspistol suppressors, and even grenade models.

More significant, however, are the traffic numbers. Visitors to DEFCAD have to date downloaded over 250,000 files from the site.

Via: venturebeat.com

Via: venturebeat.com

Venturebeat expands

“Obviously, there’s an interest in what we’re doing. Enthusiasts want these files,” Wilson said.

Interest in 3D printed guns isn’t limited to the United States. Wilson said he often gets emails from foreign gun enthusiasts, telling him how much they appreciate what Defense Distributed is trying to do.

“I think a lot of people understand the idea that we’re a bastion of freedom and that we have something in common with information anarchists like Aaron Swartz and WikiLeaks. The bits must be free,” Wilson said.

Via: venturebeat.com

Via: venturebeat.com

 

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