Right to repair

We should be able to fix our stuff when it breaks. That means getting the companies who make our stuff, to give us the right to repair our stuff.

We should be able to fix our stuff when it breaks. We need easy access to the information, tools, resources and third party repair shops it takes to fix our cell phones, appliances, electronics and other equipment. That means working together to get the companies who make our stuff, to give us the right to repair our stuff. When they do, it will be better for the planet, better for our budgets, and things will work the way they are supposed to.

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Bipartisan bill fixes copyright restrictions on Right to Repair

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Bipartisan bill fixes copyright restrictions on Right to Repair

AUSTIN -- If Congress passes a new bipartisan bill unveiled Wednesday, Americans will be able to fix their broken stuff without worrying that the companies that made those products will sue them. The Right to Repair Act of 2022, which Reps. Mondaire Jones (D-NY) and Victoria Spartz (R-IN), would end an unintended consequence of an outdated copyright law that outlaws certain types of repair and repair tools. The 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) makes it a crime to bypass digital security locks. Manufacturers can place repair functions behind these digital locks, which makes fixing the product you bought from them and own, in effect, a copyright violation -- everything from tablets to tractors. 

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Repair restrictions come home to roost: Report shows farmers want to fix their own tractors

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Repair restrictions come home to roost: Report shows farmers want to fix their own tractors

Sen. Jon Tester (D-Montana) introduced the Agricultural Right to Repair Act in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, providing the latest opportunity for farmers to win their Right to Repair. The bill, which has been endorsed by Texas based organizations like the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance and Sustainable Food Center, would require manufacturers to give access to the parts, tools and informationnecessary to fix farm equipment. It would also remove copyright restrictions against bypassing technological locks to conduct repairs, or selling third party tools which bypass locks to repair equipment.

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