BETHESDA, Md. — Third-party vehicle repairers will now be able to access vehicle software legally in order to effect repairs, according to a ruling this week by the U.S. Copyright Office.
The ruling is the result of a petition filed jointly earlier this year by the Auto Care Association (ACA) and the Consumer Technology Association (CTA).
The Copyright Office eliminated language in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) that restricted access to a vehicle's software to the vehicle owner.
The final rule, issued under the DMCA's seventh triennial rulemaking proceeding, effectively permits third-party repairers to also access software on personal, commercial and agricultural vehicles that are legitimately owned, the ACA said.
The petition was necessary due to the U.S. Copyright Office's ruling in 2015 that limited the exemption from the DMCA's anti-circumvention prohibition to the actual owner of the vehicle, the ACA said.