crowdfunding to create Right to Repair laws in the USA
mauro at ezplanet.org
Mon Apr 5 12:15:37 BST 2021
Just to clarify: 'Right to Repair' is already a law in the European Union. It is beginning to be enforced from 2021 and it will go through further evolution steps.
On 03/04/2021, 22:40, "openwrt-devel on behalf of Alberto Bursi" <openwrt-devel-bounces at lists.openwrt.org on behalf of bobafetthotmail at gmail.com> wrote:
A few days ago, Louis Rossmann, a relatively famous person in the
electronics repair community has started a fundraiser to get the Right
to Repair movement's goals passed into law though a "direct ballot
initiative" in the USA. It's a way to create a law that is bypassing
politicians and asking directly to the citizens decide if they want it
or not with their vote in a referendum.
This is at least partially relevant for OpenWrt and I think it's
interesting for many in our community.
Right to Repair involves outlawing software restrictions that lock down
devices to prevent independent repair or modification of the devices you
have bought (and own).
It also involves requiring that devices are designed to be
serviced/repaired, and making technical documentation/parts available.
While Louis is in the USA, such laws would have an effect in the rest of
the western world as well.
He has been lobbying for Right to Repair with US politicians for many
years without much success, while also owning and growing an electronic
board repair businness.
Most of what he did and does, and also the board repair he teaches, can
be found in is in his youtube channel,
The video where he summarizes his story and more information about the
crowfunding and its goals are here
In case anyone wants to donate to the cause, the crowdfunding page is here.
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