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Old 04-23-2015, 06:44 PM
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Speak Up for Fair Repair. From Electronic Frontiers Foundation EFF.org

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If you're trying to tinker with repair or even recycle your electronics—whether it's a computer, a tablet, or a toaster—you increasingly face two major hurdles. The first, bizarrely enough, is copyright law. See, you may own your device, but you probably just rent, or license, the software that runs it, and that license will come with all sorts of legal and technological restrictions. That particular problem has been getting a lot of attention in the last few days in the context of cars and tractors. Automakers have told the Copyright Office that car owners don't really own their cars, and shouldn’t be allowed to tinker with them. But there’s another hairy problem: would-be repairers need access to the tools and documentation for their devices.
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This Fair Repair bills require any manufacturer that still supports a product to set reasonable terms for owners of that product to get replacement parts, service information, and security updates. Crucially, they would allow owners and independent repair facilities to have access to the same diagnostic and repair tools as the company itself uses. Whether you're handy enough to fix your own computer or not, it helps everybody to have a competitive market with both manufacturer and third-party service options.
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