too little, too late

first they came for the tractors ...

" John Deere, the world’s largest tractor maker, said that the folks who buy tractors don’t own them, not in the way the general public believes “ownership” works. Instead, John Deere said that those who buy tractors are actually purchasing an 'implied license for the life of the vehicle to operate the vehicle.'"

Nowadays, a farmer is no longer allowed to repair her own tractor, thanks to the DMCA, a law which was supposed to protect software companies from piracy. But software will soon be in almost everything, thanks to "the internet of things" - so ten years from now, will you still own your car, your refrigerator or your house?