Owner Modifications to Vehicle Software Modifications Allowed by Copyright Authorities
Under a recently issued series of Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) exemptions, vehicle owners will soon legally be allowed to access the vehicle’s software. The Library of Congress, whose copyright office issues such exceptions every three years, permitted access to the software for, among other reasons, diagnosis, repair and modifications. The exceptions will go into effect in one year, and they must be renewed in three years. They also apply to certain agricultural vehicles, such as tractors. Vehicle owners still may not extract code, replicate it, and sell it.
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