Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 30th Jan 2018 23:36 UTC

Third party phone repair shops say that phone makers like Apple and game console makers like Sony and Microsoft have effectively monopolized repair, using their size and power to drive smaller companies out of business.

Verizon and Apple have worked in union to thwart such bills in several states, but traditionally don't like to publicly talk about their lobbying on this front. They now have another state to worry about, with Washington State considering their own right to repair bill, created in the wake of outrage over Apple's decision to throttle the performance of older phones to (Apple insists) protect device integrity in the wake of failing battery performance.

I've said it a million times by now, but I see no reason why computers should be treated any different than cars: PC and phone makers should be forced to publicise the necessary information to allow third-party repair shops to repair their devices, all without voiding warranty.

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RE: Comment by ahferroin7
by Gargyle on Wed 31st Jan 2018 14:08 UTC in reply to "Comment by ahferroin7"
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I think I understand what you are trying to say, but the distinction between mechanical being simple and electronical being complicated and thus having more valuable designs is a silly one.

If only multiple car companies did not pour millions or even billions into the design of a car. Granted, it's not the same level of cash compared to what top-tier electronics manufacturing companies use to drown their R&D departments, but it's still far from "so simple it doesn't even require patenting or licensing".

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