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Tell Us: Should Consumers Have The 'Right to Repair' Their Own Devices?

Nov 14, 2019

If your smartphone screen cracks, do you get it fixed or trade it in for the latest model? Repairing items can be less wasteful, but there are also growing legal challenges for people whose business is to repair technology from smartphones to tractors.

This hour, we talk about the “Right to Repair” movement. It's a debate that pits concerns about users’ ability to modify their own items against big companies’ concerns about intellectual property rights.

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GUESTS:

  • Leah Chan Grinvald  - Associate dean and professor of law at Suffolk University in Boston (@LCGrinvald)
  • Bob Amendola - President of the Auto Body Association of Connecticut, and owner of Autoworks of Westville
  • Jim Fleming - President of the Connecticut Automotive Retailers Association, which represents new car dealers in Connecticut
  • Beth Drake - Co-owner of Off the Hook cell phone and device repair in Middletown

Chion Wolf contributed to this show.