we do Not live in the world envisioned by George Orwell in “1984”, but sometimes it seems a bit. Refresh fast of memory: a few months ago the Copyright Office of the united States was down by General Motors and John Deere – among others – to prohibit the modification of the ecu electronic of the car by third parties. Under the umbrella of a law that equates a car with a Hollywood movie, we would have ceased to be part owners of our cars, becoming its modification in the illegal side of the law.
Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, is a situation I would liken the electronics of our car to a movie or a music disc.
GM and John Deere sheltered in the fact that “fooling around” in the electronics of the car can to alter the parameters of safety and efficiency of the car, hiding behind the protection of the public. A reprogramming electronic to win power it would be illegal, as the partial control of the car at a distance, as a few hackers demonstrated with a Jeep Cherokee a few months ago. Be that as it may, the most they would lose would be the users of walk, that they would lose the possibilities of a diagnostic of your car.
do you Know where we would have to go, right? Only a workshop authorized could access the ecu and run the diagnostic of what happens to our car, today a computer with wheels. Would have to go through a box for something as simple as a diagnosis by connecting a computer to a port OBD. The good news is that the Copyright Office of the united States has stated that it will continue to be a legal modification, and access to the electronics of our cars.
What started as an ecu electronic may be completed by other pieces, or even the body.
A setback for General Motors, and John Deere, at least in the case of the first, with an extensive history of calls to review, and security flaws. In house of blacksmith, knife of stick, as they say. The Copyright Office of the united States has allowed these changes on the basis that “the owner of a copy of a computer program may make copies and adaptations for their own use“. It is a exception in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which will enter into force in a year.
After its entry into force, will be able to review within three years. Theoretically – and although this only affects the united States – will still be legal to modify the ECU of the car until well into 2019, as little. Although this decision has been taken only in the legal framework american, a contrary decision would have involved a clear case of “when the beards of your neighbor see peel, put yours to soak”. So all the world can breathe easy at least for a few years.