Automakers are seeking copyright restrictions to prevent gearheads from working on their own cars.

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    Claiming that modern vehicles are “too complex” for home mechanics to fix, automakers are seeking copyright restrictions to prevent gearheads from working on their own cars.
    The Association of Global Automakers, a lobbying firm for 12 manufacturers, is asking the U.S. Copyright Office to prevent car owners from accessing “computer programs that control the functioning of a motorized land vehicle, including personal automobiles, commercial motor vehicles, and agricultural machinery, for purposes of lawful diagnosis and repair, or aftermarket personalization, modification, or other improvement.

    “In order to modify automotive software for the purpose of ‘diagnosis and repair, or aftermarket personalization, modification, or other improvement,’ the modifier must use a substantial amount of the copyrighted software – copying the software is at issue after all, not wholly replacing it,” the AGA claimed. “Because the ‘heart,’ if not the entirety, of the copyrighted work will remain in the modified copy, the amount and substantiality of the portion copied strongly indicates that the proposed uses are not fair.”

    Auto Alliance, which also represents 12 automobile manufacturers, is also asking the agency to scrap exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that allow car enthusiasts to modify and tune their rides.

    “Allowing vehicle owners to add and remove [electronic control] programs at whim is highly likely to take vehicles out of compliance with [federal] requirements, rendering the operation or re-sale of the vehicle legally problematic,” Auto Alliance claimed in a statement. “The decision to employ access controls to hinder unauthorized ‘tinkering’ with these vital computer programs is necessary in order to protect the safety and security of drivers and passengers and to reduce the level of non-compliance with regulatory standards.”

    But people have been working on their own cars since cars were invented.

    “It’s not a new thing to be able to repair and modify cars,” a staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Kit Walsh, said. “It’s actually a new thing to keep people from doing it.”

    Interestingly, this attack on the do-it-yourself auto hobby coincides with the current push towards self-driving cars, and who do you think will resist autonomous cars the most?

    Auto hobbyists, such as hot rodders, drag racers and home tuners.

    “The biggest threat to our hobby is those people in powerful situations who’s idea of a great day out in their car is to spend it riding in the back seat while someone else handles the driving ‘chore’ for them,” a hot rodder said on the subject. “These are the same people who will ban ‘old junk’ from the roads, enforce ’50 miles per gallon’ standards on new, and then older vehicles, and eventually force everyone to drive ‘standardized’ cars that will fit precisely in parking spaces, take up the minimum space on public roads, and follow all the ‘environmentally friendly’ buzz words while boring real car drivers like us to death.”

    And the first step to keep people from behind the steering wheel is to keep them from opening the hood.
     
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    S'gonna be really bad when you cannot even change your own oil without the police showing up in your driveway.

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    I truly hope we never see this day come
     
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    yeah i think that all the after market companies will shut down soon there after if this ever passed through. They're basically saying things are too complicated for mechanics nowadays to fix so they rather dumb down the whole things to their mechanic's skills and stick with stock everything and factory this and that without regards to the after market parts market industry.

    Their only point to argue is that keeping everything stock will keep it safe and easy to fix which is OK but we should have our own rights to modify whatever we want, void warranties on whatever we want and pay up for whatever comes up, not cater the whole auto industry to "ban and censor" the right to modify cars. As the article indicates, it appears those who want 50mpg are making these stupid proposal regulations.

    With over a 100 years of cars in America the way it is, Gear heads will stop buying cars if this law passes through UNLESS they make the car fully souped and tricked out with everything built from the factory is the other argument :)
     

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