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Our cars are meant to be 'licensed' to us...not owned.

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I just read a couple of articles outlining a desire by the Automakers Alliance to have our vehicles fall under the restrictions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. That is, the automakers wish to make it illegal for us to work on/repair/modify our own cars...with emphasis on the ECU code. While this thought is not a law, it has been presented to the 2015 US Copyright Rulemaking proceeding.

Effectively, if allowed to pass as law, the vehicle we purchase will come a with a EULA for the software (directly, or inferred), and any actions that may effect the software as an input to it (think: changing tire size) will be restricted by DMCA.

I refrain from posting urls/links due to not finding specific language granting me permission to link to any of the URLs I found the info at. However, this is an effective search string with most browsers: DMCA automobile 2015
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I dunno how much of a hoax it may be. I work a lot of software development for a pretty heavy hitting organization, and I will say that software licensing absolutely OWNS us if we need to use a company's product. It is rational to believe that automakers will, one day, copyright the software embedded within their vehicles, and this action may result in a very restrictive ownership of a performance vehicle. That stated, when vehicle software is legally locked down, there may be a way for auto shops to purchase special licensing allowing them access to the vehicle software and the cost of that licensing will be passed to the consumers.

As to what is read on the Interwebs: I've found this to be a decent forum.
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