The Digital Millennium Copyright Act has been in operation since 2000 but why it is igniting a lot of debate is shocking. Apparently, motor companies like Ford, want to use it to prevent car owners from making their own cars, citing security and piracy as the reasons.
The companies want to use the piece of legislation, which was initially meant to curb piracy on the internet, to ensure that making your car is now illegal. Their argument is that unlike cars from the past, cars nowadays come with integrated software systems and that altering the codes is malicious and could pose a lot of danger.
In what may be considered as a ridiculous argument, the companies are saying that you are not the owner of your car. Rather, you are just borrowing it for a while and paying for the permission to use their technology. Another ridiculous reason, given by John Deere, is that letting people modify the car’s system could allow them to use it in pirating music.
13 large auto makers are in full support of the legislation. They include General Motors Company, Volvo Cars North America, BMW Group, Jaguar Land Rover, Porsche, Ford Motor Company, FCA US LLC, Toyota, Mazda, Mitsubishi Motors, Mercedes-Benz USA and Volkswagen Group of America.
While other motor companies are hell bent in their quest, an interesting exception is Tesla Motors. Reuters post by Brad Reifler states the reason for this is that Tesla Motors’ cars usually rely on technology.