We talk a lot on this blog about why it’s getting harder to fix electronics. Not just because of how those devices are designed, but also because a lot manufacturers don’t want anyone to know how to fix them. And those companies can issue legal threats to keep repair information – like schematics and repair manuals – out of public view.
It looks like Louis Rossmann, an independent Apple repair tech, is fending off a legal attack from one of those companies.
For context, Louis does board-level repairs of Apple laptops. You can’t do that and you can’t teach other people how to fix boards without circuit schematics – which he shows on his channel. Most electronics companies don’t share schematics with the public. And certain companies might argue that showing schematics on video is a violation of their copyright. (Louis, by the way, was one of the most vocal supporters of a Right to Repair law in New York that would have protected independent repair techs and given them more access to repair information. Apple’s lobbyists killed the bill before it could be voted on.)
Happy 4th of July, America.