The Right to Repair

Reclaiming the Things We Own
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Short description:

The Right to Repair reveals how companies stop us from fixing our devices and explains how we can fight back.

Long description:
In recent decades, companies around the world have deployed an arsenal of tools - including IP law, hardware design, software restrictions, pricing strategies, and marketing messages - to prevent consumers from fixing the things they own. While this strategy has enriched companies almost beyond measure, it has taken billions of dollars out of the pockets of consumers and imposed massive environmental costs on the planet. In The Right to Repair, Aaron&&&160;Perzanowski analyzes the history of repair to show how we've arrived at this moment, when a battle over repair is being waged - largely unnoticed - in courtrooms, legislatures, and administrative agencies. With deft, lucid prose,&&&160;Perzanowski explains&&&160;the opaque and complex legal landscape that surrounds the right to repair and shows readers how to fight back.

'Aaron Perzanowski has an important story to tell about the erosion of consumer rights, and what government, corporations, and designers can do to reverse it. Packed with groundbreaking research and insights,&&&160;The Right to Repair: Reclaiming Control Over the Things We Own is an essential guide to fixing the relationship that today's consumers have to the environment, and the stuff they buy.' Adam Minter, author of Junkyard Planet and Secondhand
Table of Contents:
Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; 2. Why repair matters; 3. The history of repair; 4. Breaking repair; 5. Repair and intellectual property; 6. Repair and competition; 7. Repair and consumer protection; 8. Rebuilding repair.