MEMA Asks U.S. Copyright Office to Protect Consumer Auto Service Choices

Feb 17, 2016

The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) has submitted comments on the U.S. Copyright Office’s “Software-Enabled Consumer Products Study,” urging the protection of consumer choice in both automotive replacement components and service, and to allow for a level playing field for all service industry participants. The Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) is one of four MEMA divisions.

“U.S. copyright laws currently grant exemptions for vehicle owners who do their own repairs and service with regards to sensors or micro-computers with alleged technological protection measures (TPMs) protection,” said Steve Handschuh, MEMA president and CEO. “However, other provisions limit the option of consumers to have their vehicles serviced and repaired with the software-enabled component of their choice – whether new aftermarket or remanufactured-in the independent aftermarket.”

“On behalf of the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) and the Motor & Equipment Remanufacturers Association (MERA), MEMA’s divisions representing the light vehicle aftermarket and remanufacturing, MEMA is urging the U.S. Copyright Office to encourage policies that protect consumer choice and ensures convenience, affordability and a competitive market,” said Ann Wilson, MEMA senior vice president of government affairs.

In the statement, AASA and MERA urged the U.S. Copyright Office to use this Software-Enabled Consumer Products Study as an opportunity to develop a future direction for copyright law that does not create roadblocks or rescind the freedom of choice for consumers to have their vehicles serviced and repaired as they deem appropriate.