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[3]: Comment by ahferroin7
by Gargyle on Wed 31st Jan 2018 15:06 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by ahferroin7"
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You are right in that the core functionality of a car isn't patent or copyright encumbered, but you must realise that you need much more than that to be able to launch your new car onto the very strictly regulated markets of today.

Adhering to emission and safety standards isn't simple nor cheap to realise.

In the same way can you now make a product of the core functionality of a cpu, because the core x86 ISA patents (from the 386) have expired already. But being able to produce your simple and 'libre' 386 isn't anything meaningful in today's market where you need serious funds and a proper patent portfolio to actually get somewhere.

Edited 2018-01-31 15:06 UTC

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