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Update on Digital Rights

| Written by Neil Seldman | No Comments | Updated on Apr 21, 2015 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at

Do citizens and businesses have a right to repair their computers and related products? ILSR asked Sophia MacDonald to describe the efforts of Digital Right to Repair Coalition (DRTR) to secure these rights for consumers.    See ILSR’s story, Repair & re-sell: Do you have the right to fix your own gadgets?

New York State’s pro-repair legislation is under consideration (S3998 and A6068) . It can be a game changer by influencing other states to undertake similar legislation which reduces costs, increases repair and reuse of machines and reduces the environmental footprint of the electronics sector. Repair and non-profit enterprises also helps bridge the digital divide in the US by making powerful machines available to low income schools, organizations, families and individuals.

New Yorker’s Can Take Action: Tell Your State Legislators to Support S 3998 and A6068

Digital Right to Repair Coalition focuses on all products which include digital electronic parts. Kyle Wiens penned this piece not only to promote DMCA Exemption requests filed in support of tractor repair, but also to promote Fair Repair Bills (NY and MN) and several new bills presented in Congress.  This is all part of the Coalition’s strategy.

Another story from Wired Magazine –  We Can’t Let John Deere Destroy the Very Idea of Ownership

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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