|By Business Wire||
|August 7, 2013 01:22 PM EDT||
The non-profit Digital Right to Repair Coalition believes Oracle is violating the rights of equipment owners to hire agents to repair any of their purchased equipment. “If we understand the recent complaint filed against TPMs (Third-Party Maintainers), it appears Oracle is trying to prevent all forms of agent agreements, even when those agreements adhere to Oracle policy,” states Gay Gordon-Byrne, Executive Director. “DRTR believes agency is a long-standing tradition for equipment repair – without which equipment owners of all types of equipment, not just digital items, would be unable to keep their equipment in service.”
“Further,” continues Gordon-Byrne, “within this same complaint, Oracle appears to be trying to frighten customers, alleging that TPMs are engaging in some form of Copyright Infringement. Without the details laying out which copyrights were violated, it is impossible for users or TPMs to be in compliance. We at DRTR would like to see more clarity on the part of all OEMs over copyright claims for code that is not obviously licensed, such as microcode or firmware updates.”
The DRTR believes that owners of digital electronic equipment, including Oracle (formerly Sun Microsystems) equipment, have a reasonable right to repair, reconfigure, and resell their purchased items without violating copyright law. “Oracle has been particularly litigious with respect to preventing all independent and self-repair options on the part of owners,” continues Gordon-Byrne. “Even to the extent that they have destroyed the aftermarket for their own products. The real tragedy of these repair policies is that owners no longer enjoy any of the advantages of ownership, such as being able to keep older equipment in service beyond the warranty.”
The Digital Right to Repair Coalition is a NJ 501c6 Non-Profit dedicated to protecting the rights of equipment owners to repair, restore, reconfigure, and resell their digital purchases. For more information about the DRTR – visit the website www.digitalrighttorepair.org.