The InfoSoc Directive and the Right to Repair: exploring the boundaries of a lesser-known copyright exception

Author: Anthony D. Rosborough (European University Institute)
Published: 14.12.2022
Image by Matt Seymour Repair and maintenance information is often crucial for the repair of today’s increasingly complex and computerised products and devices. Copyright’s subsistence in repair manuals and information can run contrary to the public interest in access and dissemination of this information, leading to the premature product obsolescence and abandonment. The InfoSoc Directive’s non-mandatory exception for the “uses in connection with the repair or demonstration of equipment” suggests an avenue for enabling wider access to repair information. This could benefit participatory repair activities such as tool libraries and repair cafes across Europe. In this blog post, based on…