That car you bought? It's not yours.

At a hearing this week, GM attorneys said "It is [GM's] position the software in the vehicle is licensed by the owner of the vehicle." In other words, you don't own that Chevy or Cadillac; they do. Since GM owns the copyright of the software (and the car won't run without the software), you've simply licensed the car. It's the same argument that John Deere makes about its tractors, and it may well signal a new business model: the purchase or use of a car is a licensing agreement; and since it is subject to a licensing agreement, GM is the owner and can allow/disallow certain uses or access.