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Global Automakers Comments to U.S. Copyright Office on Proposed DMCA Exemptions

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April 27, 2015

On Friday March 27, 2015, Global Automakers submitted comments to the Library of Congress opposing a proposal by certain members of the public, under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), to exempt them from liability for copyright infringement for altering the computer software in a vehicle for the purpose of “diagnosis and repair, or aftermarket personalization, modification, or other improvement.” Modern automobiles are run by software comprised of millions of lines of code, controlling complex systems that are interdependent - from crash avoidance systems to vehicle exhaust. Permitting unauthorized access for purposes of modification of the software, is likely to have uniquely long-lasting and far-reaching, harmful effects.

 

Restricting access to automotive software benefits the public by ensuring that automobiles on our streets comply with the many safety and environmental standards governing motor vehicles, as well as addressing the growing problem of cybersecurity. In addition, such access is not needed to diagnose or repair a vehicle; automobile manufacturers already provide motor vehicle owners and the independent repair community with the same access to diagnostic and repair information and tools, including the ability to repair electronics systems, as new motor vehicle franchise dealers. 

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