When Copyrights And Car Repairs Collide

Law360, New York (February 22, 2010, 2:06 PM EST) -- The days of the amateur backyard mechanic are fading fast, and sophisticated computerized control and diagnostics systems within today’s cars bear much of the responsibility for the decline of the species. Even independent auto repair shops and service stations face challenges in obtaining the electronic equipment and data necessary to diagnose and repair a multitude of common electrical and mechanical problems in their customers’ cars.

Recently, frustrated forces within the independent auto repair industry have accused car manufacturers of misusing copyright principles to unfairly provide car...
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