Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Cody Wilson Sticks A Finger in the Judge's Eye

Metaphorically speaking, of course.

Upon rereading the judgement against Defense Distributed for the 29 Godzillionth time, they had a realization.  The judge ruled he couldn't give the files away.  So he'll sell them.  For whatever you want to pay.
Defense Distributed founder Cody Wilson crushed their short-lived happiness during a Tuesday press conference where he revealed that he actually won't be stopped from sharing technical data; he will simply sell the files via his website, (Yes, he can do this.)

"This judge's order, stopping us from simply giving things away, was only an authorization that we could sell it, that we could mail it, that we could email it, that we could provide it by secure transfer. I will be doing all of those things, now," announced Wilson.

"A lot of this to me was about principle," he continued. "For many years, I just chose not to sell these files, because I'm an open-source activist. I believed in demonstrating that there was a right to commit this information to the public domain."

"But, this is my opportunity to correct the media all in one place. To read headline after headline about how you can no longer 3D-print a gun, you can no longer have these files, this is not true. This has never been true. I now have to demonstrate this to you, forcefully, to deliver the point."

There is no set price for the material; patrons are asked to give whatever they'd like in exchange. Wilson said the money would be used for further legal fees.

"Everyone who wants these files in America can get them," he said. "They're allowed to name their own price at our website. Making money is not important to me."

The 30-year-old said he's "happy now to become the iTunes of downloadable guns if I can't be the Napster," but added that it was somewhat "regrettable" that state attorneys general drove him into the commercial space.

"The only person who was hurt by the [Seattle ruling] is the common man," Wilson noted later in the presser, again adding that he will not be stopped.
Defcad will also allow the public to sell their own files via the site.
Allow me to remind you again of the DefCad fundraiser.  Yet another interesting thing about Defense Distributed is this promise.
"What are we? We call ourselves Defense Distributed," Wilson said in the video. "We're a defense contractor. We don't contract with the state. We contract with the public. So, I'd like to come to terms. If you will fund this fight for me, I will offer two new contracts to you."
The two dollar amounts that trigger the two new contracts were 200 and $400,000.  As of now, the $200,000 goal has been met.  When (if) it hits $400,000, they'll commit to the other new contract.

Cody with one of the Liberator pistols, of course. Photo by Kelly West/AFP/Getty Images.

If you go to the DefCad Fundraiser you can contribute.  Or you can go to the top level site, pick out the designs you want and get something for your bucks.  Either way, every time someone downloads a file, a gun grabber cries. 


  1. The genie is never going back into the bottle.

  2. Seems like the ruling class of the day had a pretty big problem with the Gutenberg printing press as well, and movable type in general. History shows how well that turned out for them. The more things change the more they stay the same...

  3. I suppose next the politicians and control activists will want all 3D printers and CNC mills registered like typewriters and copiers/mimeographs had to be registered in Communist countries.

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  5. Well, I wish I hadn't clicked on that racist shit link.
    Anyway, I have never learned how to machine, but I'm thinking about getting a ghost gunner mill, just because they probably don't want me to have one.

    1. The Ghost Gunner seems like a dedicated single-purpose machine, and I don't think you will learn much machining from it. If you want a major new hobby, consider getting a milling machine like SiGb has, or a larger one like a Grizzly G0755.

      1. 25% Tariffs have been imposed on most machines and some accessories coming from China.

      2. We have also been hit with numerous price increases for material costs that have gone up around the world and therefore our actual cost increase is much higher than the 25%.

      You may thank the Trump administration for the 25%-plus price increase due to the tariff tax on imports. Don't you enjoy how your lifestyle is improved by this tax? Isn't it obvious how you paying the government a tax will economically motivate domestic equipment manufacturers to appear? What exactly will that new tax revenue be spent on? Surely it will go to heavy equipment manufacturers other than weapons factories, instead of welfare-consuming freeloaders. Each step of raising the iron curtain higher will increase your lifestyle even more. Residents of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics had the best lifestyle on the planet.

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