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In comments sure to rankle customers, a GM attorney said Tuesday the company believes the software that controls every vehicle function belongs to them. Even after customers pay tens of thousands of dollars for a car, the company says users are merely signing a licensing agreement to use it over its lifetime.

"It is our position the software in the vehicle is licensed by the owner of the vehicle," attorney Harry Lightsey said.

The comments came in Los Angeles during a hearing conducted by the US Copyright Office, which will soon decide whether to grant exemptions in copyright laws that would allow independent mechanics and gearheads to continue fix and repair cars.

GM's stance is a sweeping one. Cars today are akin to mobile computing networks. Critical functions like steering, acceleration and braking are all controlled by software. Each GM model contains an average of 30 electronic control units. Without legal access to these ECUs and the software that run them, mechanics and others who enjoy working on cars may need to cease repairs.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/news/general-motors-says-it-owns-your-cars-software/ar-BBjZHPS?ocid=iehp
 

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Didn't we just go through this recently? :hmm:
Yes we did, and we will continue to go through it.

It's nothing new that the software belongs to the manufacture of a product. But it does not mean that the owner of said product can not legally modify the software. Which in many, if not all cases, they can. Just as long as they don't sell it for profit, as far as I can tell.

Great example would be the "Jail Break" for Apple's iPhones. Many years ago, Apple said that users can not legally modify the software. After spending some time in court, it was decided that users can in fact modify the software.

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GM is trying to keep the after-market business for themselves and they are attempting to make it impossible for the customer to go anywhere but back to the dealer for everything. It started in 2009ish with GM dexos engine oil spec's. Once they had all the major oil companies paying them a fee + royalty on oil sold, they are now going after the auto repair shops. Soon they will start licensing shops to work on the vehicles and if you do not get a license (like some oil companies) they will campaign against those who do not pay them a license fee. Its all about the money.
 

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That makes a LOT of sense. It probably does go a LOT deeper than simply software copyrighting.
 
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