Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Automakers to gearheads: Stop repairing cars

Yeah, you read that right.
"Automakers are supporting provisions in copyright law that could prohibit home mechanics and car enthusiasts from repairing and modifying their own vehicles."
"In comments filed with a federal agency that will determine whether tinkering with a car constitutes a copyright violation, OEMs and their main lobbying organization say cars have become too complex and dangerous for consumers and third parties to handle."
Plugs and points, folks. Plugs and points.


Anonymous said...

I'm the only one in this room professional enough that I know of to carry this Glock 40.

Sean said...

This is part of the toilet swirl of American business. Once the unions figured they could get any wage they were bold enough to ask for, it was the beginning of the end. It accelerated when GM came to mean Government Motors, AKA Obongo handed it over to the unions, ahead of stockholders and others who actually had legal claim to GM assets. Once the car companies do this, already unaffordable cars will become impossible to buy. Other businesses, already stabbed by a moribund, over leveraged economy, and with only overseas recourse, will do this same thing, you name it, and kill what remaining profitability they have, and their own market. Then, while screaming for govt. support, they'll be working on a plan to FORCE people to buy their product, and then of course, pay patent fees along with all the other expenses of "owning" their product. This will complete the melding of govt. and business, and the central planners here will do no better than the central planners in the former USSR did. It's all about control, whether in govt., business, bureaucracy, religion,etc. Once it all falls down, it will begin all over again. People just can't keep their noses, or fingers out of other peoples business.

theirritablearchitect said...


I've seen too many Gomers attempting to "fix" stuff at the dealership.

I used to work at one back in my days in the university.

I'll take my own chances.

Anonymous said...

So just exactly where am I supposed to take this uber sophisticated technical marvel to get it serviced or repaired?

Why, to the dealership of course!

Anonymous said...

Right, then you can fix my damn ball joints and universals. Dealership wants two grand! I'll take my chances with the auto Nazis.

Anonymous said...

Of course, one no longer buys a car.
You are merely paying a licensing fee to access the technology, limited to "rights" contained within the EULA.

Anonymous said...

"... how much freedom will you let car owners have? ..."

AR15 possessing car owners?

As much as they want - suckers!