3D Printing of a Gun. How can you have gun control if you can download your gun like music?

January 1, 2013

– The 3-D Printed Handgun –

Here is what gets to the heart of the argument. my father brought up technology. what happens with 3d printers? Will the government be able to stop the transfer of a blue print of a gun over the internet any better then they can stop the transfer of music and video.
And then there’s Defense Distributed, a.k.a. the Wiki Weapon Project, the initiative cooked up by a University of Texas Law student and some of his buddies to 3-D print a working firearm. The group’s Indiegogo funding campaign was shut down in the early going and 3-D printer maker Stratasys revoked the lease on Wiki Weapon’s fabricator at one point, but through Bitcoin and other technology providers they’ve managed to keep the project alive and funded.

Last we saw the Defense Distributed boys out on the range, they were firing an AR-15 rifle with a 3-D printed lower receiver–not of their own design, but one that is already available out there on the Web. They managed to get six rounds off before the plastic component broke, but they learned a bit about recoil and stress as they pertain to 3-D printed plastic in the process. These guys seem pretty serious about bringing their own, freely distributed, publicly available printable firearm design into being relatively soon, which could make 2013 an interesting year in terms of ethics and legal infrastructure that are scrambling to keep up with accelerating 3-D fabrication technologies.

Limewire ordered to disable functionality

October 28, 2010
Government found their fall guy. Why not go after the Record Companies that agreed to distribute artist’s work without proper protection? Going after LimeWire or Nabster (does that still exist?) is blaming a natural market fall guy.

Injunction orders Limewire to disable 'all functionality,' company pledges to keep operating... somehow

Today marks another sad day for the three people out there using P2P sites to share open source software and copyright-free materials — plus all the other millions of people downloading illegal stuff. The RIAA has been involved in a legal battle against popular P2P client Limewire for years now and back in June it finally got the verdict it was looking for. A federal court found that the Lime Group, which maintains and distributes the software, did not take “meaningful efforts to mitigate infringement.” Now, that same court has issued an injunction ordering that Lime Group disable “the searching, downloading, uploading, file trading and/or file distribution functionality, and/or all functionality.” So, you know, pretty much turn the thing off. We’re not sure when that’ll happen, but we’re guessing soon, and while a Lime Group representative indicated a desire to move forward and work with the record labels that seems awfully optimistic. You see, the court still hasn’t decided how much the Group owes in damages, and we think that rather than working with them going forward the RIAA would prefer to put this lime in a coconut and, well…
[Thanks to everyone who sent this in, image courtesy Rookie Cookie]