With copyright laws making illegal to unlock our cellphones, Wired's Kyle Wiens wants to know "who owns our stuff? The answer used to be obvious. Now, with electronics integrated into just about everything we buy, the answer has changed."
The issue goes beyond cellphone unlocking, because once we buy an object any object we should own it. We should be able to lift the hood, unlock it, modify it, repair it ... without asking for permission from the manufacturer.
But we really dont own our stuff anymore (at least not fully); the manufacturers do. Because modifying modern objects requires access to information: code, service manuals, error codes, and diagnostic tools. Modern cars are part horsepower, part high-powered computer. Microwave ovens are a combination of plastic and microcode. Silicon permeates and powers almost everything we own.
This is a property rights issue, and current copyright law gets it backwards, turning regular people like students, researchers, and small business owners into criminals. Fortune 500 telecom manufacturer Avaya, for example, is known for suing service companies, accusing them of violating copyright for simply using a password to log in to their phone systems. Thats right: typing in a password is considered reproducing copyrighted material.
You may also be interested in:
On Liking Windows 8's Interface In Defense of Hacking, Modding and Jailbreaking "So you survived the apocalypse. Here's what would it take to rebuild the world." Math May Not Actually Exist #DearRobFord by @DearRobFord #VoteTO
|Everything We've Learnt About the Surveillance State|
|“The cost could be so near to zero it will effectively be free.”|
|“He portrays these abandoned malls as apocalyptic ruins.”|
|How to Avoid Jury Duty|
|Go the Fuck to Sleep: A Children's Bedtime Book|
|“Lifting the electric motors out of Teslas and putting them in the chassis of other, formerly gas guzzling cars.”|
|Japanese Robot Serves Ice Cream From Inside a Vending Machine|
|Google Map Shows You the Most Photographed Areas of the World|
|Sensually Retro Illustrations by Simone Massoni|
|Good Fucking Design Advice|
|“Rejuvenation is Finally an Industry.”|
|“Put words between buns.”|