It's hard to start a Monday with discouraging news, but the fact that the important right-to-repair movement (if you're not into it, read more about here) has suffered a defeat in the United States over the last few days.
The case revolves around Jessa jones, who owns a small unauthorized Apple device repair store and hosts a YouTube channel with more than 65,000 subscribers where she regularly defends the right of consumers to fix their devices wherever they want, as they see fit.
Last week, agents of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP, the US Customs Agency) confiscated an order for iPhones requested by Jones, which sparked a debate involving the limits of state action on the work of self-employed repair workers and the influence that large companies like Apple, may have on that kind of action.
According to an agency letter provided by Jones Motherboard, 24 iPhones LCD screens and 4 panels for various devices were confiscated, totaling US $ 262.57 (~ R $ 950). According to the professional, however, the charge seized had other components not mentioned by CBP, including screens for iPhones 6 and 6 Plus, a glass digitizer iPad mini and several logic board chips, totaling a purchase of $ 1,727 (~ $ 6,256) an invoice shown by it proves the purchase.
The goods were seized at a DHL carrier's distribution center and were coming from China. According to the US Customs Agency, counterfeit items that violate trademarks and / or patents may be confiscated upon entering the country, but Jones said the action may have more blunt reasons: the electronics technician said the parts he buys are only one. mix of original, refurbished or alternative (but still, according to her, legal) components that are being targeted by their popularity as a voice of the right to repair.
Although the customs agency claims that Apple has not acted directly on the seizure, US companies may send CBP a list of possible counterfeit products that frequently enter the country, so that the agency can closely scrutinize these types of parts. On the other hand, legal professionals who reviewed the case said Jones could win a case against the agency if he wanted to take action.
The technician, however, said she will not file a lawsuit and simply hopes that the consumer's right to repair their products as they wish will be guaranteed.
The case certainly has very convincing arguments for both sides; Still, and considering a country like Brazil, where the offer of official assistance is crippling and ridiculously expensive, I believe it is important that we defend the right of consumers to fix their devices as they please. Not so hard; no one is requiring Apple to continue to provide full support or unlimited warranty even after we have repaired ourselves or taken the devices to unauthorized workshops. The only important thing is that the basic parts be offered. reasonable?