In a statement obtained by CNET, MakerBot’s attorney said that “Thingiverse has always been, and is currently, evolving … as is the company as it pursues innovation and growth. We have always had the discretion to take action for policy violations. Recent events served as the impetus here to take immediate action (and there were several) and reiterate or emphasize the site’s focus on creative empowerment for products that have a positive impact.”
Related: In November, On the Media did an interview with Cody Wilson, “a law student at the University of Texas, Austin and the head of Defense Distributed, an open source group working on the schematic for a plastic pistol - not a toy – that would be available to anyone.” An excerpt from the interview transcript:
CODY WILSON: I’m not sure that you can say there are, quote, unquote, “dangerous things.” I, I don’t know. It seems to me a gun is very safe, I mean, very low rates of failure, designed to do what they’re intended to do, you know. I think we’re dancing around things that are more emotional in nature than anything else. And I’d – no, I would never walk up to some – some victim or, or some family member of someone slain by a gun and say, well, you know, better that we have these rights.
But, at the same time, we all recognize the respect of civil liberties, even though we must suffer some social cost. I think gun rights are no exception to that.