Right To Repair act: New York Governor Cathy Hochul signed the Digital Fair Repair Act on December 28, 2022. It will go into effect on July 1, 2023, when the New York State Legislature first approved it. The law declares that customers and independent repair companies can obtain manuals, schematics and diagnostics.
One of the most controversial changes in the signed law is that it allows OEMs to offer assemblies of parts instead of single components. Additionally, the law will not compel OEMs to provide “passwords, security codes or materials” to bypass the security measures necessary to protect an occasionally locked but otherwise fully functioning gadget.
Louis Rossman, a repairman and a staunch supporter of jagged repair-to-repair legislation. Rossman claims that this makes the measurement “functionally meaningless”. Today, Rossmann responded to the bill’s amendments with a video that was full of in-depth analysis and critique.
The term “digital electronic equipment” as used in the law casts a wide net with respect to the eligibility of protected gadgets. However, it completely excludes several sectors, such as off-road vehicles, medical gadgets, household appliances, and motor vehicles. In addition, it also exempts corporate equipment used by data centers, hospitals, and schools, according to a blog post by iFixit CEO Kyle Wiens.
Another important change in the governor’s message is the legal protection, or lack thereof, given to historical instruments. The memo implies that the repair-before-repair protection won’t apply to anything made before the bill’s effective date, saying that the coverage covers gadgets “first manufactured as well as first sold or used in New York.” was done.” are eligible on July 1, 2023. For a deeper analysis, we still need to examine the exact language of the final amended law.
Not every state has adopted a right to repair law, including New York. The impending New York bill caused many businesses to change their position on the right of repair. With brands including Google and Samsung decided to sell phone parts on iFixit. Microsoft also began in-house research to create more repairable devices. While Apple started renting bulky repair kits to consumers who wanted to do the repairs themselves.