JOHN DEERE FINALLY GOING TO ALLOW FARMERS TO REPAIR THEIR OWN EQUIPMENT WITHOUT PENALTY
Depending on where you live, you may only know John Deere from the “Deere” baseball caps you see some people wear. You might not even know what it means, other than the assumption that it’s kind of redneck wear. But it’s a giant company that makes farm equipment (besides hats, of course). From smaller machines to the giant harvesters that make huge firetrucks look small, that’s what they make. Their equipment is a huge part of agriculture management in the United States and elsewhere. So much so, that just repairing the equipment is a part of the daily routine. But farmers haven’t been able to repair their corporate overlord equipment, and that may finally change at last.
FOR YEARS IF A FARMER REPAIRED THIER OWN JOHN DEERE HARVESTER, IT VOIDED THE WARRANTY
Apple did the same thing for many years. If you were the tinkerer type, you may have wanted to repair your iPhone or even your computer at one time. But you hesitated because as soon as you opened it up, you voided the manufacturer warranty. That’s exactly what JD did. You repair the giant harvester machine you bought from John Deere? Say goodbye to any warranty guarantees, sucker. If you wanted it fixed, you had to pay John Deere or approved surrogates to get it done. In other words, buying a piece of their equipment meant you only had the right to use it when it worked perfectly.
YEARS OF BAD BLOOD AND PUBLICITY FINALY GET JOHN DEERE TO RECANT HORRID COPYRIGHT RULE
So did John Deere see the light and recant out of basic decency? Well no, of course they didn’t. After many, many years of angry farmers causing debate and applying their own hacks to keep their farm equipment running, John Deere is backing down, and says it will let farmers repair their machinery without warranty violation copyright penalty. But only because the stink of years of bad publicity and potential legal challenges made it worth their while.