This seminar will examine the the ongoing policy debate over repair and its legal underpinnings. From smartphones to agricultural equipment, restrictions on repair are reshaping markets for goods -- with major implications for consumers, competition, and the environment. In recent years, state and federal legislatures, courts, and executive agencies like the FTC have considered a range of potential interventions to enable independent repair of electronic devices and other goods. Beyond the United States, we've seen Australia, France, South Africa, and other nations develop their own unique responses to repair restrictions. These ongoing debates implicate a range of bodies of law ranging from intellectual property to consumer protection to antitrust, all of which we will consider.
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