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Nothing Runs You Like a Deere. . .

•, By Eric Peters

But until recently, we at least owned our incidentals – the small-potatoes stuff, like the clothes on our backs. Our cars.

Our tractors, certainly.

Not anymore.

Not if it's a John Deere tractor.

When you buy one, you're actually purchasing an "implied license for the life of the vehicle to operate the vehicle." Basically, a rental contract. With the difference being that even when the rental is paid off, you are still bound by the contract.

Yes, really.

It has to do with two things – the code that runs the tractor (yes, them too) and the ownership claims to that code asserted under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

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