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Right to Repair
DedwrekkaWhat Would Nyarlathotep Do?Registered Userregular
There is a longstanding debate in the US over how much control the end user had over any device that they buy. Do they have the right to repair or modify it or not? Can they use it for other uses than intended? Are companies allowed to restrict the sale of repair materials to competitors or end users?
Many companies, like Apple and John Deere, prefer it if you're considered to by licensing an object rather than owning it, because that allows them control over quality as well as the data that's gathered by their products.
Customers want the right to repair anything that they buy if it's within their ability, and to be able to make money off of it if they can turn it into a business.
Hackers want to be able to take any device they buy down to its component parts and rebuild them in any configuration that they can.
There's currently a bill in Nebraska (LB 67)over the right to repair, ( Full bill text) but there have been many other legal battles over this before. The new bill requires companies to sell repair manuals and parts to third parts repair services and end users. The current assertion by the companies fighting this is that because the companies cannot be assured that repairs will be done right that they cannot provide these materials. While end users argue that requiring them to go to the major companies for repairs hurts local businesses and puts an undue hindrance on them because of the lack of official repair facilities nearby.
Whatever happens with this bill the discussion on the Right to Repair is unlikely to be solved by one law in one state, so let's discuss the ongoing debate regarding the Right to Repair.