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Right to Repair

We have the right to repair everything we own

Right to Repair is the fundamental concept that you own the things you purchase. From complicated pieces of technology like phones and cars to a sink fixture or a coffee machine.

Companies using proprietary fasteners, "warranty void if opened" stickers, or with software that makes it impossible to change hardware make it so that you don't own the things you've purchased.

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Right to Repair Consists of 3 Concepts

These concepts are linked to the rights you should have as a person over the items that you own

Right to fix your device yourself,or pick what service shop to use

Companies don't want consumers to get their devices fixed - they'd much prefer you go out and buy a new iPhone when the battery on your old one isn't holding as well as it did.

Many companies use proprietary fasteners, screws, and other such parts to stop individuals and small businesses from getting into their devices. The pentalobe from Apple being the most notable example.

You have the right to do whatever you'd like to your phone, fix it, break it, tie bells to it, without the company you bought it from telling you what to do.

Access to manuals and diagnostic tools that dealers use

Some companies are repair-friendly and have their manuals located online or via inquiry - Dell and Patagonia being two examples.

Some phones and tablets contain pitfalls for the average individual and even repair technician - pitfalls that exist only to cause headache for anyone attempting a repair without the proper manuals. This is unacceptable as a practice for someone who owns what they bought.

The parent company doesn't have to hold your hand through the repair, but they shouldn't be an active detriment.

The ability to jailbreak the software on your device

Software is quickly becoming the go-to way for companies to lock down their devices and force you to behave within their ecosystem. 

On some tractors and vehicles, they can detect if a hardware change was done outside the dealership and lock down the vehicle until it is taken in to an "authorized dealer".

You own your device, and if you want to run android on an iPhone, it is not Apple's place to tell you that this isn't allowed.

"It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul."