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Old 09-25-2018, 10:32 AM
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tuners to be out lawed?

There is a new story on ABS news showing SCT and bullydog in trouble for the tunes they sell. Going after them and stopping the sale of them. EPA, anything that over writes the factory tune is a no no. Sorry i cant cut and past the link. its on www.13abc.com
 
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Nothing new, the EPA almost killed H&S and ripped Edge for $500k five years ago:
https://www.equipmentworld.com/epa-b...s-for-pickups/
https://www.epa.gov/enforcement/edge...llc-settlement


Over a span of multiple years, Derive sold products, including custom engine tuning software and parts, online and at distributers across the nation under the brand names of “Bully Dog” and “SCT” for use in many types of gasoline and diesel-fueled cars and trucks. Under the terms of the settlement, Derive will spend approximately $6.25 million to ensure future compliance, and pay a civil penalty of $300,000.
https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-and-doj-settle-derive-systems-over-vehicle-emissions-control-defeat-devices
 
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https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa...defeat-devices

I see the Dept of Just us is involved as well.......because there is nothing else more pressing going on right now with corrupted officials, etc etc and this is top priority.
Someone wake Jeff up from his nap already

At the end of the day, tuners won't be killed
 
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This was part of Edge's deal:
Spend at least $157,600 to fund an emission mitigation project to offset the excess PM emissions resulting from the use of its devices. The funds provided by Edge will be offered as rebates to individuals who own old wood-burning stoves and who wish to replace them with cleaner burning appliances such as new pellet stoves or EPA-certified wood stoves in selected geographic areas with severe PM pollution.
The EPA found someone to pay for a mini-"cash for clunkers" program for wood stoves. It's all about getting the cash to fund "priorities" in the EPA.
 
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do you truly "own" something if you don't have the right to access and change the tuning, computers, software, etc???
 
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Oddly enough John Deere came the forefront for that particular question of DMCA protection of engine programming a couple years ago. The EPA can't ban SCT's tuning and software platform, nor the tuners ability to alter PCM programming. Ford could have tried, but Deere seemed to show that was road they don't want to go down. In this case the EPA saying the tuning can't violate emissions control requirements, and in lieu of tracking down all the little people using the things they're fining the manufacturer for each tuner sold (or that's somewhat how Edge and H&S went down).

The legal question behind this controversy centered on a part of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) that Congress passed in 1996. As written, DMCA criminalizes production and dissemination of technology, devices, or services intended to circumvent measures that control access to copyrighted works and also criminalizes the act of circumventing such an access control, according to Wikipedia.

However, subsequent to the passing of the DMCA, regulators took up the question of whether there should be exceptions to the law – situations where consumers might have the right to circumvent technical protection measures (TPMs) intended to protect intellectual property in certain limited situations that would also protect the rights of the intellectual property holders.

After an extensive discussion period, the US Copyright Office delineated several such exceptions in 2015, including guidelines that would allow consumers to jailbreak their smartphones. In fact, the new regulation specified 27 classes of intellectual property that the regulator would exempt from TPMs.
Salient to this article: Class 21, covering a variety of types of motor vehicles, including mechanized farm equipment. According to the Federal Register (the US government’s official mouthpiece concerning rules and regulations), “the Register concluded that reproducing and altering the computer programs on ECUs [electronic control units] for purposes of facilitating diagnosis, repair and modification of vehicles may constitute a noninfringing activity as a matter of fair use and/or under the exception set forth in section 117 of the Copyright Act, which permits the owner of a copy of a computer program to make certain copies and adaptations of the program.”
https://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonbl.../#c298c365ab99
 


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