Ownership in a Digital World & Blurring the Boundary Between Products and Services

Ownership in a Digital World & Blurring the Boundary Between Products and Services
Design
Dan Gould
  • 19 december 2008

A group of auto dealers in Oregon secretly attached GPS tracking units to the cars of customers with poor credit to better track them in the event of repossession. This questionable act has brought up a debate over real ownership in today’s world. Do you completely own what you purchase, or is just lent to you for the time being? And if you are only leasing, what rights does the company of origin have over your possessions? Ryan Calo of Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society sees this as an example of the blurring boundary between products and services.

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