What is the ‘right to repair’ movement?

By Aman|Updated : July 14th, 2021

The goal of the movement to get companies to make spare parts, tools and information on how to repair devices available to customers and repair shops.

Read this article to know all about it.

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What is the ‘right to repair’ movement?

Context

  • It refers to the right of consumers to be able to repair their own electronics and other products.

The goal of the movement:

  • to get companies to make spare parts, tools and information on how to repair devices available to customers and repair shops.
  • It wil increase the lifespan of products and to keep them from ending up in landfills.

Reasons behind the start of movement

  • Manufacturers of electronic appliances are encouraging a culture of 'planned obsolescence' meaning that devices are designed specifically to last a limited amount of time and to be replaced
  • leading to immense pressure on the environment and wasted natural resources.
  • Consumers totally depend on manufacturers who make repairs an inordinately expensive affair by limiting technology.

What are the benefits?

  • It may give a boost to small repair shops, which are an important part of local economies.
  • make repairs less expensive.
  • reduce pressures on environment by reducing wastage.

RTP laws in various countries:

  • Countries around the world have started passing effective ‘right to repair’ laws.
  • US President has signed an executive order calling on the FTC to counter restrictions imposed by companies that resist consumers from reparing their own items.
  • The UK introduced right-to-repair rules that would make it much easier to buy and repair daily-use gadgets such as TVs and washing machines.

Opposition to it:

  • It has faced strong resistance from tech companies like Apple and Microsoft over the years.
  • opening up the intellectual property to third party repairers could lead to exploitation and impact the safety and security of their devices.
  • such initiatives threaten data security and cyber security.

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