Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 10th Apr 2017 23:33 UTC

The right to repair movement is spreading. In recent weeks legislators in Iowa, Missouri, and North Carolina have introduced bills that would make it easier for you to fix your electronics, joining eight other states that introduced right-to-repair legislation earlier this year.

The bills would require manufacturers to sell replacement parts to consumers and independent repair companies and would also require them to open source diagnostic manuals. It would also give independent repair professionals the ability to bypass software locks that prevent repairs, allowing them to return a gadget back to its factory settings.

No-brainer laws in any functioning democracy. I hope these US states show the way, so other states - and hopefully, other countries - will follow.

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RE: States' rights in action
by protomank on Tue 11th Apr 2017 16:29 UTC in reply to "States' rights in action"
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As from a country that have HUGE differences in demographics from north to south and concentrates almost all law in the federal level, I really envy the power given to states in USA.

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RE[2]: States' rights in action
by bryanv on Tue 11th Apr 2017 19:39 in reply to "RE: States' rights in action"
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Sadly that's not as effective as you might think it is.
States rights, as well as individual rights, have been seriously curtailed over the last 20 years.

Because... you know... terrorists make people feel unsafe.

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