8 states take aim at 3D gun company, sue to get files off the Internet

Found on Ars Technica on Tuesday, 31 July 2018
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Eight states announced Monday that they plan to ask a federal judge in Seattle to immediately issue a temporary restraining order against Defense Distributed, a Texas-based group that has already begun making 3D-printer gun files available on its DEFCAD website after a recent legal settlement with the US State Department.

Within months of publication, Defense Distributed received a letter from the United States Department of State's Office of Defense Trade Controls Compliance stating that 10 files, including the designs of the Liberator, were in violation of the ITAR. This is despite the fact that these files had already been downloaded hundreds of thousands of times and continue to circulate online.

Someone should explain to the government how the Internet works; and what happens when files go online which are downloaded by so many people.