New York is now the first state in the United States to pass a repair right specifically for electronics. This week, the bill was passed by the NY State Senate by a majority of 59 to 4 and passed by 145 to 1. Vice.
The new law called Digital Fair Repair Act applies to all consumer electronics companies and will require those companies to sell spare parts, tools and repair documentation under “fair and reasonable conditions”.
Some companies, such as Apple, have already started providing spare parts and tools directly to consumers who wish to make their own repairs. However, it has turned out to be a patch repair rather than a true representation of what it means for consumers to have the right to repair, such as being able to make their own repairs or repairs at your chosen repair shop without voiding the warranty.
The legislation was created under a similar law that applied to Massachusetts in 2012. Once enacted, manufacturers signed a “memorandum of understanding,” which essentially meant that the legislation resulted in nationwide policy changes, as manufacturers would prefer a uniform policy across USA. If parts and manuals are available in New York, they will inevitably get out of New York.