Sadly, rights to repair typically never get much farther than proposed legislation – regardless of the outcome, we should at least be debating these topics. But there is a movement, or micro-movements, spread all around the country. One such champion is The Repair Association, headed up by Gay Gordon-Byrne – so kudos to All About Circuits for snagging an exclusive interview to discuss some topics swirling around this issue.
In a previous article, we wrote about the Right to Repair bill being presented to state legislators around the US and the implications of what Right to Repair means for users. While we covered the lawmakers and lawyers presenting the bill, we left out a larger portion of the Right to Repair movement: the people who have organized to lobby and fight for their right to repair the electronics they purchase and to decide who they want to repair their products for them.
Manufacturers argue that Right to Repair, currently an active piece of legislation in eight states, would violate their proprietary rights and infringe on Copyright laws.
All About Circuits recently spoke with Gay Gordon-Byrne, Executive Director of The Repair Association, to discuss the importance of Right to Repair for people who would like to repair their own electronics, make a living fixing broken equipment, trade in used equipment, or handle end-of-life processing.