Manufacturers will also be required to sell parts and tools for repair and repair, as well as prevent repairs at the software or firmware level. However, the bill cannot be misunderstood as forcing manufacturers to divulge trade secrets or disclose proprietary technology unrelated to services or maintenance.
The digital maintenance right bill and its related house and Senate bills have been supported by the two parties in the United States. There are 76 co sponsors in the house of Representatives and 27 co sponsors in the Senate. In addition, the legislation is no different from the automobile maintenance right law unanimously passed by Massachusetts in 2012, which has a national impact on the automobile maintenance industry. In 2014, the automotive industry group signed a memorandum of understanding under Massachusetts law to ensure that automakers will comply with the law in all 50 states.
If Massachusetts succeeds in passing its digital maintenance rights legislation, it could have a similar impact on electronics manufacturers, who do not want to compete with different laws in different states. Although lobbyists have repeatedly blocked similar legislation across the United States, legal advocates have been working hard. This year alone, 19 states have considered such legislation. Now, Massachusetts will probably be the first state to pass such a comprehensive maintenance law, and technology companies will be under increasing pressure as maintenance rights become increasingly valued.AppleThe company has been a staunch opponent of maintenance rights, but recently unexpectedly changed its policy, which is undoubtedly the result of the maintenance rights movement.