Northeastern University School of Law
Case Western Reserve University
R Street Institute
What does it mean to own a device today? From appliances to vehicles to medical implants, the products we buy are built around software code. But if you don't own and can't control that code, do you really own your device? We live in a world in which our coffee makers defy our instructions, our vehicles can't be repaired, and our medical devices can't be modified. We've even seen entire product lines, like the Revolv, remotely disabled through software. This panel will consider the legal tools that make this sort of control over consumer behavior possible and the legal reforms that can restore our ownership of the things we buy.