iPhone Display Break Repair by Aaron Yoo (CC BY-ND 2.0) https://www.flickr.com/photos/thebetterday4u/49876425896

iPhone Display Break Repair by Aaron Yoo (CC BY-ND 2.0) https://www.flickr.com/photos/thebetterday4u/49876425896


The Law Bytes Podcast, Episode 112: Aaron Perzanowski on the Right to Repair

The right to repair, whether consumer electronics, farm machinery or even health and medical equipment, is an issue that affects everyone. Given the implications for consumer and property rights, the sustainability of the agricultural sector, and protecting the environment, ensuring a right to repair would seem like an obvious political winner. Yet the issue has lagged, not the least of which because of restrictive copyright laws that can limit the ability to repair personal property.

Aaron Perzanowski is a law professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio and the Associate Director of the Spangenberg Center for Law, Technology & the Arts. Professor Perzanowski is the author of the forthcoming book, The Right to Repair, to be published by Cambridge University Press early next year. He joins the Law Bytes podcast to explain why the right to repair matters, how copyright fits into this, and what reforms are needed to address the issue.

The podcast can be downloaded here, accessed on YouTube, and is embedded below. Subscribe to the podcast via Apple Podcast, Google Play, Spotify or the RSS feed. Updates on the podcast on Twitter at @Lawbytespod.

Show Notes:

Aaron Perzanowski, The Right to Repair: Reclaiming the Things We Own (Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming 2022)


Tomorrow Unlocked, No Right to Repair: Farmers are Forced to Hack Their Own Tractors


  1. There is a related issue that doesn’t get much coverage and it is the right to remove bloatware. I’m so tired of having device makers and operating system providers deciding to put apps on my devices that I can’t uninstall. I should be able to decide what apps I want to have on my devices.

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  3. Thanks for the podcast.
    It seems to me that the electronics/equipment could be made better from the beginning, so there would be less need for repairs. But manufacturers want their products to be bought every year or more often, that is why it is not profitable for them.

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