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Right to Repair Activism in the News - October 2016
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Promote Repair & Your Business This Election Season:
Repair Association Community Conference
Join us on Thursday, October 20 at our google hangout to talk about how to offer local legislators an opportunity to visit your shop, shake hands, and get some free publicity for your business and right to repair. 

Who: Repair professionals and advocates
What: Conference about how to Promote Repair & Your Business This Election

Where: Register or drop in online via http://gowoa.me/i/q9YgZ

When: Thursday, October 20th at 1:00 pm PST 
Why: Increase the profile of the repair industry
  
During the month of October, elected officials and candidates are especially eager to visit local businesses and talk about their platform. Everyone running for office is looking for opportunities to meet and greet local businesses and their employees.  

Right now is a perfect opportunity for you to showcase your business and help educate local officials on the importance of repair to communities and society at the same time. Please join us on Thursday for some quick tips on how to take advantage of the season. 

US Copyright Office Seeks "Right to Repair" Comments


A year ago - Senators Grassley and Leahy asked the US Copyright Office to research how Copyright Law is interfering with use and repair of "ordinary" gadgets as varied as cell phones, refrigerators, and tractors.   The USCO will make their report to Congress, and then its up to Congress to file legislation. 

The Librarian of Congress held formal hearings in May and June that we attended.  As a result of those meetings, the LOC has drafted proposed changed to the DMCA specific to repair.  The public comments period just opened, and closes October 27.

We're drafting our formal response to recommend that all current exemptions be made permanent, that new exemptions need to be made permitting repair, and making sure that third parties can be hired to help.  

Comments are due October 27, 2016. Anyone can engage in the comment process.  Read the Request HERE 
Following filing instructions on this Link HERE
 

E-Scrap Conference  - Repair and Reuse Panel a highlight in New Orleans 

Repair Association Board Members Kyle Wiens of iFixit and Willie Cade of PCRR led a vigorous panel discussion about the challenges facing recyclers in a world of low commodity prices.  Recyclers are struggling to make the most of e-scrap which is much more valuable as service parts than as metals.  

The e-scrap industry is highly supportive of right to repair - since without a need for service parts - there isn't any value to the scrap. 

Electronics Reuse Conference Join us in Houston October 24-26

Our first National meeting is co-located with ERC in Houston on October 24-26.   We are hosting an open Right to Repair Town Hall on Monday, October 24th from 2 PM to 5 PM  when we will go over current legislative activities, membership benefits, and candidly discuss any questions from the floor. 

Anyone interested in attending should sign up quickly. The early bird discount ends October 15. 

HP Creates new Ink Monopoly

HP remotely issued a "Security Update" that limited access to non-HP original ink cartridges. Cory Doctorow of EFF quickly gathered 10,000 signatures in protest, and HP appears to have backed-down, but the battle is far from over.  HP still feels entitled to block your use of ink they didn't authorize.  

HP has stated they will allow users to remove the update - but we haven't seen any action. 

Crops wait on spare parts  


10 year old combine harvesters from both Case-IH and John Deere are sitting idle while dealerships search for spare Engine Control Units (ECUs). 

Both manufacturers have dropped the ball on making sure that spares are available - leaving farmers in the lurch at the most important time of the year.  

Even when spares are found overseas - the firmware necessary to adjust the ECU to US standards is missing.  

No surprise that farmers and farm associations are big fans of Right to Repair ! 
New Member Welcome
Please join us in welcoming new member Hookup Cellular - based in Phoenix Arizona - HookUp Cellular started with two brothers fixing Phones as a hobby.  

They now offer prepaid cellular airtime, factory unlock services, provide deals on used handsets, and comprehensive recycling program.   

Welcome to Repair.org ! 
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