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Fair use and clear ownership

Consumer protections need to be able to meet changing demand. Products that connect to the internet change over time. The protections afforded to someone buying a fridge today won't be sufficient if that fridge is gathering data, sharing it with third parties or changing how it operates with each software update.

Concepts like 'ownership' and 'employment' are increasingly being challenged by new technologies. Copyright laws designed to curtail content piracy are being applied to software that runs business-critical machinery. If a farmer's tractor breaks, are they allowed to fix the software themselves? Similarly, is an employee whose work comes through use of a digital platform protected by labour rights or consumer laws? Thorough protections come from understanding these questions and relationships.

Policy interventions