Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 25th Feb 2016 01:01 UTC
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The primary weapon manufacturers wield to keep consumers running for the dumpster rather than the screwdriver is the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Passed in 1998, its purpose was to bring copyright law into the digital era. Among other things, this law makes it illegal for owners and unauthorized repair people to break technical locks over copyrighted content, including software. Fixers have been fighting for exemptions to the DMCA, and in October 2015 the United States Copyright Office finally adopted a new set, making it legal to unlock carrier-activated phones, tablets, wearables, and mobile hotspots. Owners can also jailbreak phones, tablets, and smart TVs, and modify the software on 3D printers, cars, tractors, and heavy equipment. Nevertheless, software in many electronics, including game consoles, is still protected by the DMCA. At-home modifications or repairs can constitute a copyright violation. At the least, it will void a device's warranty, but it potentially carries up to a $1,000,000 fine and 10 years in prison, and numerous researchers, hobbyists, and companies have been taken to court.

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The future is...
by shotsman on Thu 25th Feb 2016 08:10 UTC
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here now(well almost)
I won't take much for a device maker to put 'stuff' inside their device that when opened it

- Phones Home to the manufacturer saying 'I've been opened'
- Included the GPS Locatino of where you are
- If 'Home' responds with 'This is not an authorised repair centre' the device self destructs.
- Two hours later the copyright police arrive and arrest the people who opened the 'thing' and carts them off to jail.

Far fetched?
Well if we get Robots or Androids (no not phones running Android but what SF stories really mean by Androids) everywhere then the lawyers won't be far behind in getting them rules as sentient beings. You can't have unskilled people openeing up a person now can you? If a robot or android is riled 'sentient' then IMOH the same rules will apply.

Actually, you don't need it to be sentient for the first two to apply
Then it would be easy for device makers to put timed 'Self Destruct' components inside so that even if it was working fine but got old it would just stop working thus forcing you to go and buy a new one.

I'm sure that are some SF stories that have plots like this.

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RE: The future is...
by Ithamar on Thu 25th Feb 2016 08:39 in reply to "The future is..."
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I won't take much for a device maker to put 'stuff' inside their device that when opened it

Device manufacturers? Please do not paste stuff like that, and give our governments even more ideas of what they could do to police us.... *cough*NSA*cough*

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RE: The future is...
by Kochise on Thu 25th Feb 2016 15:45 in reply to "The future is..."
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Repo Men : more about leasing

Edited 2016-02-25 15:47 UTC

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RE: The future is...
by ricegf on Thu 25th Feb 2016 16:42 in reply to "The future is..."
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Isaac Asimov's "I, Robot" is a good example. "The Bicentennial Man" even more so. Both highly recommended!

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RE[2]: The future is...
by tylerdurden on Thu 25th Feb 2016 20:17 in reply to "RE: The future is..."
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Meh. He's one of my favorite authors, but Asimov could not write about the human condition, or women, for shit.

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