Steve Vondran, Founder of Copyright Policy Group
The library of congress provides exemptions for copyright law. For example, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”). Many vehicles nowadays, including cars, trucks, tractors and even boats and yachts are run by software (ex. driving and braking assistance, power windows, seats and doors, navigation and media/entertainment systems.
Many times, when you “buy” a vehicle you may not be actually “buying” the software that runs the vehicle. That may be subject to a copyright “license” meaning you cannot violate the copyright holder’s rights without legal rights to do so (for example, “fair use” rights).
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