Links relating to the legality of reverse engineering

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Postby Imp Guerra » Thu Jan 06, 2005 4:24 pm

Investigating the device that you have paid for is obviously legal.
Despite of whether it is a car, a PC or a metal hammer.
I have a right to burn my car, crash and smash it to floatsam and jetsam.
Why i cannot look what is inside the "black box" of silver ECU :)

If it is illegal then how call the fact of selling a couple of bites through the j1962 OBD-II socket for the 1000$ ?

And they ask a payment from every reflashed ECU!

May be they want all the cars to pay them for the atmosphere air that feed our engines?
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Re: Links relating to the legality of reverse engineering

Postby BillMarkviii » Wed Sep 29, 2010 9:00 pm

The DMCA has clear cutouts for reverse engineering to ensure compatibility and interoperability. Running code from an ECU you own on a modified engine you own which requires modifications clearly falls under the interoperability exception in the DMCA.
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