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.
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
Read the NPR Article here.
Kit Walsh, a lawyer with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, thinks this is wrong. "Think of crash test dummies," he says. "Those safety tests are relied on by a majority of Americans in deciding what vehicles to trust and to rely upon. And the same kind of analysis should be possible with computers, given the crucial role that they play in controlling safety-critical systems as well as emissions systems."
Walsh says if independent researchers had access to the code in VWs, for instance, they might have detected the cheating software much sooner and revealed that the clean diesel the company touted in a recent TV ad wasn't so clean.
An exemption to the law that would allow researchers and owners to access car software has been fought by the auto industry. And, Walsh says, the industry had an unexpected ally. "We were surprised to see that the EPA wrote in against the exemption, particularly given that the investigation against Volkswagen must have been underway at that point," he says.