Washington v. United States Dep’t of State

State Department: In 2013, we said posting online instructions to 3D print plastic guns is basically like exporting “munitions,” which is illegal. But we have changed our mind and will remove the instructions from our banned “munitions” list. Federal judge: No, you won’t. At the request of the state of Washington’s attorney general, I’m granting a temporary restraining order requiring the State Department to keep the instructions on the export ban list. (Bonus: “Whether code is covered by free speech is actually pretty settled. The answer is yes,” says Harvard cyberlaw fellow. Double bonus: Eugene Volokh on three ways to think about free speech and 3D printing. Super bonus: We talked about the case on the podcast in 2016.)

Tags: 2018, Cyberlaw, State Department, Western District of Washington

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