Ford claims copyright on list of spare parts

The Ford Motor Company recently sued Autel, a manufacturer of third-party diagnostics for automobiles, for creating a diagnostic tool that includes a list of Ford car parts and their specifications. Ford claims that it owns a copyright on this list of parts, the "FFData file," and thus can keep competitors from including it in their diagnostic tools. It also claims that Autel violated the anti-circumvention provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act by writing a program to defeat the "encryption technology and obfuscation" that Ford used to make the file difficult to read.

Country: Global

Domains: IPR

Stakeholder: Industry

Tags: copyright law, Ford, copyright on list of spare parts, Digital Millennium Copyright Act

Posted on Tuesday 6 January 2015

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