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John Deere Just Cost Farmers Their Right to Repair
2018-09-19T17:12:52Z - Kyle Wiens, Elizabeth Chamberlain / Wired
But a big California farmers’ lobbying group just blithely signed away farmers’ right to access or modify the source code of any farm equipment software. They must have read the writing on the wall when California’s Electronics Right to Repair Act was introduced in March. Right to repair bills have proved overwhelmingly popular with voters—Massachusetts passed its automobile right to repair bill in 2012 with 86 percent voter support. That’s why a national group of farmers has been fighting for their right to modify software. Where California farmers go, the rest of America follows—and in this case, that’s dangerous.

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