The Fight for the “Right to Repair”

Lacy_Leuthold_2Manufacturers have made it increasingly difficult for individuals or independent repair people to fix electronics. A growing movement is fighting back. From The Smithsonian Magazine, by Emily Matcher, July 13, 2016

Fifty years ago, if your television broke you could bring it to the local electronics shop to be repaired. These days, a broken TV likely means a trip to Best Buy for a new one.

Electronics have become harder to fix. This is, in part, because they’ve become more complex. But some of the problem is by design. Manufacturers have increasingly restricted repair information to authorized repair centers, leaving consumers and independent repair people unable to deal with even simple problems. It’s just easier (and sometimes cheaper) to buy something new. Read more>>>