Right to Repair

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Ventilators are key to fighting the coronavirus, but members of the “right-to-repair” movement say that if the devices break, manufacturers won't let anyone else fix them. In some cases, such restrictions have forced hospitals to wait days for device makers to send their own repair people.

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University of Pittsburgh professor Juan Taboas grew up in Cuba, where he said fixing things is part of the culture. When he was a kid, his grandma had a transistor radio that seemed like it was always breaking.

“I remember being in the … kitchen with my dad and we'd open it up, and were trying to figure out how this circuit board is working and what went wrong,” he said. “That really got me into the whole idea that by fixing you learn.”