Corporations are at it again: They’re exploiting copyright law to chip away at your right to repair.
Manufacturing and software trade groups just told the Copyright Office that you don’t own the things you buy. They said you shouldn’t be able to jailbreak your own iPad or unlock your cellphone. And John Deere and General Motors said that owners shouldn’t be allowed to look at the software that makes vehicles run in order to diagnose and repair their vehicles.
Call us crazy, but we think that if you bought it, you own it. And you should be able to tweak it, modify it, and (especially) repair it as you see fit. But what we call ownership, manufacturers are re-labeling as piracy and theft.
They’re wrong. The Digital Right to Repair Coalition was founded to fight for the rights of owners. We believe that if you buy something, you own it—even if that product happens to contain an electronic part. And we’re fighting to turn that vision into a reality.
Our allies in New York and Minnesota have introduced “Fair Repair” legislation to make it easier and more affordable for owners to repair their electronics. Fair Repair legislation puts owners back in the driver's seat. It gives them control of their own digital equipment.
With Fair Repair, owners and independent repairers of digital equipment will have equal access to service information, schematics, diagnostic tools, spare parts, and security updates. Which means, you can easily and affordably repair your digital goods—either on your own or at the repair shop of your choice.