Tech companies are standing in the way of stronger green electronics standards in the US, according to a new report by Repair.org. It finds that device manufacturers have systematically blocked attempts to promote longer-lasting, more repairable devices.
On December 15, the US Copyright Office issued their report to Congress on the subject of Software Enabled Consumer Products. They didn't solve any problems, were often contradictory, and punted a lot of issues. However, they were very clear on an important point to us -- that most issues currently limiting repair, reuse and tinkering are not copyright infringement, but are the result of End User License Agreements (EULA) that remove rights already granted.
The most comprehensive coverage yet about issues impacting repair from NBC Journalist Andrew Thompson.
Part 3 - Right to Repair Movement (due out Aug 30)
We hosted a cell phone repair clinic at NCSL in Chicago August 8-11 and got to meet with legislators and staffers while they watched their broken screens and batteries being replaced.
Pew Research publishes their own legislative magazine "Stateline" and picked up on our work and broadcast the status of legislation nationally.
Bloomberg BNA digs into repair monopolies for farm equipment -- all suffering the same problems of limited or blocked access to repair as cell phone owners, computer owners, and nearly everything else with a chip inside.
The best form of flattery is parody. Couldn't be happier to see Right to Repair get the attention of The Onion.
“I’m flattered that Apple thinks I might have what it takes to repair my own phone.”
Ricky Mundt GROUNDHOG DISPLACER
“I’m sick of a paternalistic government trying to save us time and money by advocating for our autonomy.”
Selina Dabney CUPCAKE CRITIC
“Just trust Apple on this one. In a few years, those garbage heaps will be thinner and sleeker than ever.”
James Jaeger FABRIC HISTORIAN