Below, Kit Walsh, a senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, shares what she perceives to be the latest threat against the Right to Repair movement.

Medical providers face countless challenges in responding to the COVID pandemic, and copyright shouldn’t have to be one of them. Hundreds of volunteers came together to create the Medical Device Repair Database posted to the repair information website iFixit, providing medical practitioners and technicians an easy-to-use, annotated, and indexed resource to help them keep devices in good repair.

The database includes documentation for mission-critical devices relevant to the COVID pandemic and has been widely praised as a tool for caregivers and those supporting them. Despite this, Steris Corporation contacted iFixit to demand that their products’ documentation be taken down on copyright grounds.

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