In January, Senator Ken Haar introduced a Fair Repair Bill (LB1072), which would require manufacturers to share diagnostic software and repair information with owners and independent repair technicians. Fair Repair principles are critical in the heartlands of Nebraska—where farmers and ranchers often have little other choice for their farm equipment but expensive dealership repairs.
We’ve known about Error 53 for months and tried to alert our members about the problem. The Guardian put out a tough piece about Apple just days ago and the story has resonated worldwide. For a primer on the tech details – read the ifixit blog Whats Up with Error 53.
Apple is wrong to destroy your property even if ham-handedly trying to protect your privacy. They can offer tools and features that help you protect your privacy - but its your privacy and not theirs. The excuses don't much matter -- the principle of ownership is stake.
Check back with us shortly as we're working on evaluating all avenues to restore the option of independent repair for all users. Apple may have violated warranty law, anti-trust law, consumer protection law, and other statutes. We're on the case !
Following a successful campaign to legalize cellphone unlocking, winning key exemptions from the Copyright Office for repair, and strong support for repair-friendly state legislation, we are excited to launch The Repair Association (repair.org)—a new organization representing professional and consumer repairers.
Jason tries his own repairs and comes face to face with pentalobe screws...
Manufacturers have attempted to use the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to claim that they own the software that makes an electronic an electronic, and tampering with that software is a copyright violation. There's the fact that Apple quietly stopped accepting applications for "Authorized Service Provider" designations in 2010. There are the seizures of "counterfeit" parts being imported from China that may be legally legitimate. There are the lease programs carriers and Apple have started that ensure you won't ever actually "own" a phone ever again.
How to Fix Everything Motherboard November 2015
Fight for Your Right to Repair Computerworld November 2015
We need the Right to Repair our Gadgets Wall Street Journal September 2015
The Fight to Fix your iphone (and other stuff) Bloomberg Businessweek September 2015
Automakers Moving to Enforce DMCA on Cars Connected Car Expo September 2015
DIY Tractor Repair Runs Afoul of Copyright Law PBS August 2015
We can't let John Deere destroy the very idea of ownership Wired April 2015