Farmers can't legally repair their John Deere tractors, as copyright monopoly legislation prohibits tampering with computer code in something yo...

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Farmers can't legally repair their John Deere tractors, as copyright monopoly legislation prohibits tampering with computer code in something you own. Applies to your car too!
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oldmanjr
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Monday, April 27, 2015 01:08 pm

This week, there have been stories about farmers who can’t legally repair their John Deere tractors, as copyright monopoly legislation prohibits tampering with computer code in something you own. This has been described as an “unexpected side effect” of the copyright monopoly legislation in general and the DMCA/EUCD in particular.

That’s wrong. It’s not a side effect and it’s not unexpected. That is exactly what those laws intended to accomplish. Being locked out of your own possessions is not a side effect – it was the central point of the legislation and its core purpose.

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