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Right to Repair Legislation Is Officially Being Considered In Canada

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  1. dblohm7
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    This article is a bit too optimistic, IMHO: The bill is a private member's bill, which rarely pass. I am not sure whether the Ontario population is large enough to bring about cascading effects....

    This article is a bit too optimistic, IMHO:

    • The bill is a private member's bill, which rarely pass.
    • I am not sure whether the Ontario population is large enough to bring about cascading effects. Canada as a whole has a market smaller than California's. Ontario, while Canada's largest province, obviously is an even smaller market.

    I'd love to be proven wrong, of course.

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    Nmg
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    This would be a lot better for the environment, too. But it is also in a wishy washy kind of territory. How do you determine what is a "fair price?" And couldn't a company argue that the...

    The legislation proposes that tech companies make diagnostic tools, repair manuals, and official parts available to consumers at their request. The legislation would also require that any new products ship with a repair manual. Documents provided to consumers must be free unless they request paper copies, and parts, tools, and software must be provided at a fair price.

    This would be a lot better for the environment, too. But it is also in a wishy washy kind of territory. How do you determine what is a "fair price?" And couldn't a company argue that the government is basically semi-open-sourcing the company' product whether the company wants it or not?

    1. Octofox
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      They should be somewhere within the range it costs the company to make it. Thats fairly easy to prove. If they are charging $500 for a manual you can tell it didn't cost that much to print a book

      How do you determine what is a "fair price?"

      They should be somewhere within the range it costs the company to make it. Thats fairly easy to prove. If they are charging $500 for a manual you can tell it didn't cost that much to print a book