On Thursday, the New York legislative body passed the Digital Fair Repair Act. It requires that "original equipment manufacturers" (OEMs) make all the information and resources necessary for repairing devices available for sale to third party repair shops and consumers.
"Nothing prevents third party repairers from being technically competent to complete digital repairs other than the lack of information being withheld by manufacturers," the bill reads.
Currently, companies with high end, proprietary devices and software often limit who can repair these products to the device makers themselves, and "authorized" third parties. The "right to repair" movement has been battling this standard for years so that people can fix devices more affordably, keep them for longer, and generate less waste.
OEMs want to keep control of the repair market. Companies like Apple say this is for the purposes of maintaining a device's integrity, so that shoddy workmanship doesn't undermine a product's functionality. However, as the bill points out, it also gives them what some call monopolistic control over the pipeline. And by limiting repair options, it also encourages consumers to buy more new products, more frequently.