This article is about how Digital Millennium Copyright Act is going to affect your new car, truck, toaster and soon – your lawn tractor and zero-turn. The Copyright Office will decide in July which high-tech devices we can modify, hack, and repair.
Wired Magazine is reporting that several manufacturers, including John Deere, have 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.” If companies like John Deere get their way you will not be able to diagnose, repair or modify equipment that uses computers.
I recommend you read the entire article on Wired by clicking here.