DC Counsel Clif Burns was quoted Feb. 22 by Ars Technica on the continuing legal battle between Defense Distributed, a group that promotes 3D printing of gun parts, and the U.S. State Department, which wants to stop Internet distribution of the relevant CAD files. The lawsuit centers on whether a website that publishes CAD files violates munitions export laws under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). “In [State’s] newly proposed rules, they’re trying to say that it’s not in the public domain if the person didn’t have authorization from the government to put it on the Internet,” Burns said. “But once folks have this, and it’s broadly distributed – leaving aside the idea of checking citizenship over the Internet – [the law] is written like somebody from 1920 was transported to the 21st century and for the first time is confronting technologies like 3D printers.” Click here to read the full article.