Consumers are given information and the legal right to repair products they’ve bought, to reduce reliance on official service providers and to increase the longevity of consumer goods.
United States: The Copyright Office created an exemption (PDF) in laws against DRM circumvention for the purposes of repairing vehicles.
United States: The Fair Repair Act was put to the New York state legislature and would require manufacturers to supply information that could help people repair their devices. This law failed to get a vote.
iFixIt is a website that features repair tutorials for popular electronic devices.
The Restart Project organises real-world meetups where people are invited to bring in broken electronics and have them fixed by a specialist.
Documentation that outlines how products should be repaired could expose manufacturers’ trade secrets.
Self-repair may be outside the capability of non-expert consumers.