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Right to Repair


Kyle Wiens is the CEO of iFixit, the free repair manual. The right to repair physical items and the right to use and alter software as you see fit are closely related, especially since so many everyday items now integrate software, often in ways that detract from rather than enhancing your experience in using the product.

Along these lines, Kyle and iFixit have fought for the right to unlock cell phones, repair tractors, and alter other items, in both courtrooms and workshops. Kyle’s talk explains why the right to repair is so crucial, the legislative efforts to defend and expand this right, and the latest news from the right to repair movement, including the battle against the DMCA, which bans breaking encryption on hardware that you rightfully own.


3 years, 2 months ago

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This talk was presented at LibrePlanet.


LibrePlanet is the Free Software Foundation's annual conference. The FSF campaigns for free/libre software, meaning it respects users' freedom and community. We believe that users are entitled to this; all software should be free.


We do not advocate "open source".

That term was coined to reject our views. It refers to similar practices, but usually presented solely as advantageous, without talking of right and wrong.


Richard Stallman launched the free software movement in 1983 by announcing development of the free operating system, GNU. By 1992, GNU was nearly operational; one major essential component was lacking, the kernel.


In 1992, Torvalds freed the kernel Linux, which filled the last gap in GNU. Since then, the combined GNU/Linux system has run in millions of computers. Nowadays you can buy a new computer with a totally free GNU/Linux system preinstalled.


The views of the speaker may not represent the Free Software Foundation. The Foundation supports the free software cause and freedom to share, and basic freedoms in the digital domain, but has no position on other political issues.