02
November 2022
Past Event
Intellectual Property and the Right-To-Repair Movement

Intellectual Property and the Right-To-Repair Movement

Past Event
Online Only
November 02, 2022
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02
November 2022
Past Event
Speakers:
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Devlin Hartline

Legal Fellow

Kevin Madigan

Vice President, Legal Policy and Copyright Counsel, Copyright Alliance

Moderator:
Adam Mossoff
Adam Mossoff

Chair, Forum for Intellectual Property and Senior Fellow

The right-to-repair movement has grown in recent years as proponents argue that consumers’ repair of their electronic devices is necessarily in the public interest. Many bills have been introduced in state legislatures and Congress mandating that consumers be given access to all materials to repair their products, including access to computer code and other copyrighted works. These legislative proposals generally conflict with federally protected intellectual property (IP) right, which needs to be accounted for in any right-to-repair legislation. State bills in particular overlook longstanding federal policy that IP rights serve the public interest, as well as the constitutional supremacy of federal laws over state laws. Moreover, right-to-repair advocates do not acknowledge how IP rights have been central to the success of the US innovation economy. 

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