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Why We Must Fight for the Right to Repair Our Electronics

Wiens, Karl; Gordon-Byrne, Gay

Publisher:  Spectrum
Date Written:  24/10/2017
Year Published:  2017  
Resource Type:  Article

In an era when reparations to electronics such as digital devices is becoming increasingly more difficult, pending U.S. legislation could force manufacturers to make repair parts and information available at fair prices.



It's ironic. We live in the age of information. And yet, at the very moment when information about how to repair electronics should be easiest for owners to get their hands on, it has dried up.

That scarcity is by design. Manufacturers don't want you to fix that broken microwave or air conditioner; they want you to buy a new one. Some even send cease-and-desist letters to people who post repair information online. Back in 2012, Toshiba told laptop repair tech Tim Hicks that he needed to remove 300 PDFs of Toshiba’s official repair manuals from his website, where he was offering the information for free. To avoid being sued, Hicks complied, and now fewer people have the guidance they need to repair Toshiba laptops.

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