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Apple will once again fight to kill "right to repair" legislation: Source

The "right to repair" legislation would legally require companies such as Apple to provide parts and service manuals for their products. (Source: repair.org)
The "right to repair" legislation would legally require companies such as Apple to provide parts and service manuals for their products. (Source: repair.org)

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Nebraska is one of eight US states that are pursuing "Fair Repair Act" legislation. The legislation aims to require companies to provide parts and service manuals for their products so that "every consumer and every small business has access to the parts, tools, and service information they need", according to the advocacy group's website. According to a source of Vice News in the state legislature, Apple is planning to fight the bill in Nebraska by arguing that it's dangerous for a consumer to try to repair a phone.

The "right to repair" laws are the work The Repair Association, a trade organization that seeks to aid consumers and small repair firms by requiring companies (such as Apple) to provide service schematics and parts to repair products. Many companies (again including Apple) refuse to provide these resources to consumers or independent repair business, which means higher prices and lessened ease of service. Historically, these companies have been successful in killing the bills. Last year, Apple and IBM successfully lobbied to stop the legislation in New York's legislature, but the movement has been gaining momentum elsewhere.

More information on the Repair Association and the "right to repair" bills are available at links in the sources and in the embedded video by Louis Rossmann.

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Douglas Black, 2017-02-16 (Update: 2017-02-16)