Right to Repair

WE ARE BACKING THE RIGHT TO REPAIR CAMPAIGN.

'IF YOU CAN'T REPAIR IT, DO YOU REALLY OWN IT?'

Contrary to belief, repair technicians do not have access to readily available parts.

Manufacturers do not provide parts, guides or documentation. The throwaway mindset is being forced upon us.

Devices are being manufactured with glued on components, no access to repair and no end of ‘do not open’ stickers.

From laptops to fridges, sewing machines to games consoles – We have a right to repair our goods. A right which we are restricted on.

When we purchase goods, we should not be purchasing them with the mindset of ‘how long will it last?’. We should be buying goods which if they do go wrong, we can repair or take to a trusted technician.

That is why we are backing and actively promoting the ‘Right to Repair’ campaign.

No more lack of part availability, no more ‘we need to break the screen to get inside’ (Thanks Microsoft Surface!), and no more trial-and-error processes.

The knock-on effect of the Right to Repair campaign is an achievement of our company values which we have had since day 1 – Stopping tech going to landfill.

It took a lawsuit to force Apple to offer a battery replacement program.
Manufacturers say service manuals are proprietary, with Toshiba going as far as threatening legal action against an individual who published Toshiba service manuals for the purpose of repair, claiming copyright infringement!

THIS NEEDS TO CHANGE, AND THIS IS THE START!

Apple Lawsuit: www.web.archive.org/web/20170731020354/https://www.girardgibbs.com/apple-ipod/
Toshiba copyright claim: www.tim.id.au/blog/2012/11/10/toshiba-laptop-service-manuals-and-the-sorry-state-of-copyright-law/
Microsoft Surface Support Forum: www.reddit.com/r/Surface/comments/65z2of/has_anyone)here_managed_to_open_up_their_surface/