Farmer’s are now “hacking” their tractors to fix them

John Deere tractor dumping straw bale

I came across an article the other day that said farmer’s are now using pirated or hacked firmware to get around manufacturer’s software in their tractors and other equipment in an effort to be able to fix the tractor faster than having to wait on the dealer or only “authorized” shops.
Deere’s license agreement strictly forbids farmer’s from suing them for “crop loss, lost profits, loss of goodwill, loss of use of equipment … arising from the performance or non-performance of any aspect of the software.”
For the longest of time just messing with an automobiles software ran afoot of the DMCA(Digital Millenium Copyright Act). In 2016, an exemption was granted for “good faith security research” and “lawful modification” which basically says don’t mess with emissions and you should be fine to mess with the ECU.
So what do you think? Should farmers and other mechanics be allowed to repair a tractor without needing to take it to an authorized dealer or mechanic? Let’s hear your feedback.


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