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“This ain’t your father’s Oldsmobile” – GM says you don’t own your car, you just license it

SUV under lock and key

True to form, the greedy bastards who have already amassed breathtaking amounts of control over all the world’s resources through layers upon layers of diabolical trade agreements, exclusive contracts, and decades of patents and copyrights, are yet again showing their true colors.

GM has joined with John Deere in asking the government to confirm that you literally cannot own your car because of the software in its engine.Like Deere, GM wants to stop the Copyright Office from granting an exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that would allow you to jailbreak the code in your car’s engine so that you can take it to a non-GM mechanic for service, or fix it yourself. By controlling who can service your car, GM can force you to buy only official, expensive parts, protecting its bottom line.

As Consumerist quips, GM wants you to know that the car in the driveway is “literallynot your father’s Oldsmobile.”

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.

Knowledge is power, and they want to control all of it.

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