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originally posted by: Redwookieaz
a reply to: infolurker
This is ridiculous...
I read somewhere that John Deere is currently trying to do the same thing with their farming equipment...
It’s official: John Deere and General Motors want to eviscerate the notion of ownership. Sure, we pay for their vehicles. But we don’t own them. Not according to their corporate lawyers, anyway.
In a particularly spectacular display of corporate delusion, John Deere—the world’s largest agricultural machinery maker —told the Copyright Office that farmers don’t own their tractors.
Because computer code snakes through the DNA of modern tractors, farmers receive “an implied license for the life of the vehicle to operate the vehicle.” It’s John Deere’s tractor, folks. You’re just driving it.
originally posted by: Domo1
a reply to: liejunkie01
There are only three instances you should buy American. You need a truck, want a Jeep (and they're hit or miss) or you want a corvette. The rest are getting better, but it's Japanese or European for me for the foreseeable future.
originally posted by: liejunkie01
a reply to: pheonix358
Don't buy US made cars. It is that simple.
Let me fix that for you.
Don't buy foreign made cars. It is that simple.
As an American I have to support Americam jobs.
Although this sounds ridiculous, it still stands that us here in the states need to help supportan iinfrastructure that will help support us.
originally posted by: infolurker
Another revenue stream or valid argument?
I feel any mods or repairs are your choice. You may void the warranty but it is not the manufacturer's business on what you do with your own property after purchase.
Automakers to gearheads: Stop repairing cars
Automakers are supporting provisions in copyright law that could prohibit home mechanics and car enthusiasts from repairing and modifying their own vehicles.
In comments filed with a federal agency that will determine whether tinkering with a car constitutes a copyright violation, OEMs and their main lobbying organization say cars have become too complex and dangerous for consumers and third parties to handle.
Allowing them to continue to fix their cars has become "legally problematic," according to a written statement from the Auto Alliance, the main lobbying arm of automakers.
The dispute arises from a section of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that no one thought could apply to vehicles when it was signed into law in 1998. But now, in an era where cars are rolling computing platforms, the U.S. Copyright Office is examining whether provisions of the law that protect intellectual property should prohibit people from modifying and tuning their cars.