To be Repairable or Not To be Touched, is the big legal battle now racing across the United States of America!They call American, the land of the free, but when it comes to protecting the those video gaming consoles, the ESA and various gaming publishers it lobbies for, are now fighting to remove the 'little-man' operating in shops across america, from picking up a screwdriver and replacing your burned out blu-ray laser, or removing those pennies your kids slipped inside, or replacing that cracked screen or case.
In a gritty vintage video games store in Manhattan’s East Village, a man who only wanted to be identified by his PlayStation username, GorillaStump, explained his passion for repairing video game consoles. Years ago, he turned those skills into a job that’s now entangled in legal battles across the county.
Every gamer out there most likely one time or another has decided to use the services of a 'repair shop' or even do-it-yourself in basement after watching some videos or even reading an tutorial on this website itself, because lets face it sometimes its better to have third-party fix your gaming console, as companies like Sony and Microsoft, warranties are not very long, plus once it is out of warranty their repair charges are out of the roof, plus you most likely will use anything stored on that system, there is alot of reasons.
Problem is games are protected, and groups like the ESA, are worried when you local repairman down the street from you, cracks open your console, he just might slip inside an modchip or some other unauthorized device to bypass those protections, so instead it would be better to totally legally seal your console from anyone or even yourself from taking a screwdriver to it no matter the reasons.
A rep for the games industry’s lobbying group said “right to repair” bills would help “sidestep consoles’ digital protection assets” and “invite unethical individuals to break the law and encourage widespread theft of video games and proprietary information.Anyhow, the story goes on into more details, but most of our readers get what is at stake with this legal fight, so I suggest you check out the links below, and voice your opinion on the matter, because if you don't soon you might land in jail for pickup up a screwdriver!
OFFICIAL SITE: --> https://www.eff.org/issues/right-to-repair
NEWS SOURCE: 'Let Him Fix It': The Battle Over Who Gets To Repair Your Consoles (via) Kotaku