Electric scooter company Bird demanded that the publication Boing Boing describe a story that deals with a way to hack bird scooters at $ 30, citing a copyright infringement. The argument does not seem to resist at first, but we know that Bird acted quickly and faced legal consequences later.
The article, released last month, describes a large number of Bird scooters abandoned in the streets of the city. He goes on to say that "it may be a good time to invest in a $ 30 scooter conversion kit." The kits, shipped from China, are essentially a plug-and-play way of disabling Bird recovery and payment to turn the scooter into your own computer. The story mentions how you could also potentially acquire one of the Bird scooters at an auction for around a dollar each.
Bird says the article is promoting the sale of an illegal product
Bird sent Boing Boing an alleged offense notice to alert the publication that writing on the subject could potentially be illegal under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Bird's letter states that journalist Cory Doctorow, author of the article, has encouraged the sale of an illegal product designed to circumvent the copyright protections of Bird's proprietary technology.
Electronic Frontier Foundation, which serves as legal counsel to Boing Boing, replied that the first amendment protected Doctorow and that he could even go so far as to write a call to action for "the scooters of birds to be destroyed or stolen; instead, he simply stated that they could be legally acquired by auction and legally modified to function as personal scooters. "
As the EFF explains, Bird's states that the Boing Boing The story was illegal under the DMCA does not hold exactly because the DMCA prohibits the actual hacking devices while the process of converting Bird scooters is much simpler. Just replace Bird's motherboard with a new one, which technically avoids modifying or accessing the Bird code. Bird declined to comment on this story.