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Five States Are Considering Bills to Legalize the 'Right to Repair' Electronics | Motherboard

'The hope is that at least one electronics right to repair law will pass this year, similarly opening the floodgates for consumers and repair companies around the country. '

'The bills are squarely aimed at the “authorized repair” model that creates aftermarket monopolies dominated by the manufacturers themselves. '

'For example, Apple has never authorized an independent company to repair iPhones, even though hundreds of companies do so every day (its authorized repair program is only for Mac computers). '

'Many of these independent repair shops exist in limbo: Acquiring parts usually means going on the Chinese grey market or salvaging parts from recycled devices. '

'Lawmakers in five states have introduced legislation that would enshrine the “Right to Repair” electronics, meaning manufacturers will have to sell replacement parts to independent repair shops and consumers and will also have to make their diagnostic and service manuals public. '

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