GamePolitics readers are familiar with the Digital Rights Management controversy which marred the release of Will Wright’s long-awaited Spore last year.
But DRM and the consumer-unfriendly Digital Millenium Copyright Act are apparently concerns for drivers as well as gamers.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation reports that a proposal before Congress would allow independent auto repair shops to break the DRM which currently locks them out of your car’s diagnostic computer:
The Right-To-Repair Act of 2009 (H.R. 2057)… points to a much bigger consumer issue… One underlying legal problem here is the DMCA, which prohibits bypassing or circumventing "technological protection measures…"
And the issue goes beyond the importance of being able to get independent repair and maintenance services. The use of technological "locks" against tinkerers also threatens "user innovation" — the kinds of innovation that traditionally have come from independent tinkerers — which has increasingly been recognized as an important part of economic growth and technological improvement…
In short, thanks to the DMCA, we need a Right-To-Repair Act not just for cars, but increasingly for all the things we own.
Via: boing boing