Thursday, March 23, 2017

Desperate John Deere tractor owners are downloading illegal Ukrainian firmware hacks to get the crops in

[From the "Corporations want to own your ass" desk here at Acerbic Politics]

Cory Doctorow · Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 9:31 am

John Deere is notorious for arguing that farmers who buy its tractors actually "license" them because Deere still owns the copyright to the tractors' software; in 2015, the US Copyright Office affirmed that farmers were allowed to jailbreak their tractors to effect repairs and modifications.

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