New York state passes first-ever ‘right to repair’ law for electronics

A repair tutorial from iFixit shows a user accessing the internal electronics of an iPhone
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The New York state legislature has passed the United States’ first Right to Repair bill covering electronics. Called the Digital Fair Repair Act, the measure would require all manufacturers who sell “digital electronic products” within state borders to make tools, parts, and instructions for repair available to both consumers and independent shops.

Having passed the legislature, it is awaiting signature by Governor Kathy Hochul, who is expected to support the measure. The measure will take effect one year after it passes into law.

Self-repair groups like iFixit have applauded the ruling, calling it “one giant leap for repairkind” in a blog post following the announcement.

“The passage of this bill means…

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Author: Russell Brandom