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Business Week covers the Right to Fix Electronics Issue

| Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Sep 16, 2015 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at

On the heels of a recent Wall Street Journal story, now BusinessWeek magazine has published a story on the “Right to Repair” issue.   The story leads with, “A few decades ago, you could take your newest piece of technology, be it a TV or tractor, to the repair shop of your choice, or try to fix it yourself. That’s usually no longer the case, as hardware increasingly comes loaded with copyrighted software. To varying degrees, many of the world’s biggest electronics manufacturers limit access to the information and equipment necessary for do-it-yourself maintenance and repairs.”

Read the full story here from Business Week, September 10, 2015

More Resources:

Read our article, Repair & re-sell: Do you have the right to fix your own gadgets?,  by Sophia Bennett, February 14, 2015

Read the New York Times editorial, Patent Law Shouldn’t Block the Sale of Used Tech Products, September. 7, 2015

Find out more about the issue by visiting the Digital Right to Repair Coalition


About Neil Seldman

Neil Seldman, Ph.D., co-founded the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and serves as Senior Staff of the Waste to Wealth Initiative. He specializes in helping cities and counties recover increasing amounts of materials from the waste stream and add value to the local economy  through new processing and manufacturing facilities.  Neil also serves on ILSR’s Board of Directors.

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