"You can buy a car, but you don’t own the software in its computers."

It is illegal to hack your car's computer

#Driving

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to Wired, although we can buy a car, we never actually own the computer it comes with. All of its software is protected by digital rights management, so car manufactures can invoke the DMCA to "threaten anyone who needs to get around those restrictions, no matter how legitimate the reason."

No one has yet been prosecuted for hacking their own car, but they could. And as locks become more prevalent, the EFF and iFixit are willing to bet that, eventually, some carmaker will bring the DMCA hammer down on a hobbyist’s head. So we’re are taking a stand now.

“Without an exemption, we could also lose out on the insights and inventions of the millions of Americans who enjoy tinkering with and improving their cars,” Kit Walsh explains. “… Not all ECU code is copyrightable, and not all ECUs are locked down in a way that triggers DMCA liability, but people shouldn’t have to hire a copyright lawyer before repairing their cars.”

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