25th Annual BCLT/BTLJ Symposium

 

April 22 & 29, 2022
Virtual (zoom login info provided upon registration)
Free registration

Agenda in progress TBA
Registration opening soon

NOTE: due to continuing concerns over surging COVID transmission rates, this event will be held virtually. The good news is, not only will we still be offering an exciting agenda and roster of speakers, but we will be presenting the Symposium over two days, with free registration. Please stay tuned for new information and details.


In years past, we wouldn’t think twice about taking our car or toaster to a repair shop or even fixing it ourselves. But with today’s software-enabled products, including our cars and toasters, we can no longer take for granted a right to repair them ourselves or to take them to the local repair shop of our choosing. In response to legal and technological restrictions, a growing movement advocating a right to repair has emerged, despite pushback from some quarters.

The right to repair is at the center of a key policy debate. The Biden Administration and a unanimous FTC have recently voiced support for competition and consumer choice in repair markets. Legislation under consideration in dozens of states would facilitate consumer and third party repair. And regulators around the world have begun to embrace the repair agenda. But manufacturers and device makers remain skeptical of an unfettered right to repair, citing concerns over intellectual property rights, reliability, security, and lost revenue.

This symposium will consider the complex, overlapping set of policy questions at the center of the repair debate. How do restrictions on repair, or their elimination, affect competition? How might policymakers resolve potential tensions between the right to repair and the intellectual property rights of device makers? Would the consumer benefits of open repair markets outweigh their risks? And what legislative solutions or other policy interventions are best-suited to address these questions?

 

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If you require an accommodation for effective communication (ASL interpreting/CART captioning, alternative media formats, etc.) to fully participate in this event, please contact Nathalie Coletta at natcoletta@berkeley.edu or 510-643-5518 with as much advance notice as possible and at least 10 business days in advance of the event.