Buying a new car is a great feeling. But, after signing the paperwork, forking over the money and rolling off the lot, do you really own that brand new vehicle? Even if you pay cash and hold title to the car free and clear?
There isn't a clear answer, because the U.S. Copyright Office is currently hearing arguments that could affect whether you truly own your entire car when you buy it.
General Motors and John Deere are both claiming in hearings with the U.S. Copyright Office that even when someone buys a car, the software that coordinates how everything moves is customized and subject to copyright protection.
Both manufacturers are arguing that when you purchase your vehicle, that doesn't include the software that controls your car. Instead they believe you receive an "implied license" to use the software over the life of the vehicle.