Liberty in Three Dimensions

TitleLiberty in Three Dimensions
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsBoxall, SF, Funke, MB, Myers, GA, Watson, J
Date Published2016
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
Publication Languageeng
AbstractThe first 3D printed gun, the Liberator, was designed by Cody Wilson. He posted the design online for use by anyone who wished to print or modify it. In the first two days of release, the design was downloaded over 100,000 times and posted on Pirate Bay (an online data pirating site). Wilson has explained that the purpose of his design was to support his philosophical commitment to disturbing state power and to make a statement that “gun control is a fantasy.” Wilson’s aim was not to create a violent disturbance, but to shift the way people think about the limitations of the state’s control over property and commerce.
NotesCase from the 2016 Regional Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl. Copyright, Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, 2016