Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 24th Apr 2017 22:17 UTC

John Deere has turned itself into the poster-child for the DMCA, fighting farmers who say they want to fix their own tractors and access their data by saying that doing so violates the 1998 law's prohibition on bypassing copyright locks.

Deere's just reiterated that position to a US Copyright Office inquiry on the future of the law, joined by auto manufacturers (but not Tesla) and many other giant corporations, all of them arguing that since the gadgets you buy have software, and since that software is licensed, not sold, you don't really own any of that stuff. You are a licensee, and you have to use the gadget according to the license terms, which spell out where you have to buy your service, parts, consumables, apps, and so on.

This is finally a moment where without a doubt I can be all smug and entirely unhelpful by saying I do not use any stuff made by John Deere.

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Comment by Lazarus
by Lazarus on Tue 25th Apr 2017 14:08 UTC
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This whole situation is beyond infuriating and thinking too much about it is leading me to hope that people and lawyers working for the company get mangled by their own equipment. People in groups larger than two are capable of such ignorant things...

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