New Digital Tech Usurps Device Ownership

New Digital Tech Usurps Device Ownership

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The Economist
CONSUMERS across America can thank a recent ruling by the Supreme Court for granting them the right to do whatever they want with gizmos and gadgets they own. Eh? Surely, one might think, ownership automatically confers such a right. In an increasing number of cases, sadly, it does nothing of the sort. If people cannot repair a product when it breaks, alter it to suit their needs, sell it or give it away when done with it, then they do not own it in the traditional sense. Even when they pay good money for something, restrictions buried in the small print can limit what they may, or may…

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June 19, 2017 at 09:56PM

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