Monday, January 18, 2016

on copyright

GM’s claim is all about copyright and software code, and it’s the same claim John Deere is making about their tractors. The TL;DR version of the argument goes something like this:

  • Cars work because software tells all the parts how to operate

  • The software that tells all the parts to operate is customized code

  • That code is subject to copyright

  • GM owns the copyright on that code and that software

  • A modern car cannot run without that software; it is integral to all systems

  • Therefore, the purchase or use of that car is a licensing agreement

  • And since it is subject to a licensing agreement, GM is the owner and can allow/disallow certain uses or access.


from lizard's ghost

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