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  • "IoT" Tractors and Cars

    Posted on MrJimPhelps Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    This topic contains 2 replies, has 2 voices, and was last updated by  Bill C. 2 years, 2 months ago.

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      MrJimPhelps
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      So, you think you own that brand new John Deere tractor or General Motors automobile you just purchased?

      Increasingly, major corporations are claiming that they legally own the items that they have sold to you, that you purchased only a perpetual license to use the item. This contention is based on the fact that modern cars, tractors, etc., are “smart”, that is, that they are thoroughly managed and controlled by proprietary software; and therefore, if you do things with the item that they don’t approve of (such as a jury-rigged repair), you are, in effect, “hacking” their software and therefore violating copyright.

      I think I’ll keep my current car till the wheels fall off, and I can’t get them back on again.

      https://www.wired.com/2015/04/dmca-ownership-john-deere/

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      MrJimPhelps
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      If John Deere and others are going to press this issue, then they should be required to clearly disclose to the buyer that it is not an outright purchase, but rather a perpetual lease, just so the customer knows what he is getting into.

      Of course, if I don’t own the tractor I’ve purchased, I guess that means that the actual owner, John Deere, is the one who is responsible to fix it if it ever needs repair. For as long as I have it.

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      Bill C.
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      Try looking up articles on who owns the data recorded on newer cars “Black Boxes.”  Collected data has already figured in both civil and criminal cases.

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