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<title>EU Ecodesign: 38 organisations demand the right to access and to reuse hardware</title>
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<h1 id="eu-ecodesign-38-organisations-demand-the-right-to-access-and-to-reuse-hardware">EU Ecodesign: 38 organisations demand the right to access and to reuse hardware</h1>
<p>
The FSFE publishes an open letter, co-signed by 38 organisations and companies, to ask EU legislators for the right to install any software on any device, including full access to hardware. These rights support reusability and longevity of our devices. The alliance is composed of entities from environmental, economic, and technological sectors.
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<p>
The European Union is about to redefine the ecodesign criteria for
products in several legislative proposals, including the
Sustainable Product Initiative, the Circular Electronics
Initiative, and the Right to Repair. These proposals aim at
extending the usage time of hardware and facilitating circular use
of electronic devices. The current regulations date from 2009 and
do not include any criteria regarding the design and licensing of
software as an important factor for the sustainability of
electronic products. Software directly influences how long
consumers can keep using their devices.
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<a href="/activities/upcyclingandroid/openletter.html"><img src="https://pics.fsfe.org/uploads/medium/3a61b0fdd2eff4e6764ae3ba6fb6b892.jpg" alt="The picture shows four icons, each representing one of the four demands from the open letter."/></a>
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<p>
Nowadays, users who want to keep using their devices for a longer
time, or to reuse their hardware in a creative way, face a wide
range of software barriers: from obsolescence to an unexpected
end-of-support, from spare part serialization to locked boot
loaders. In practice, these artificial restrictions on using and
reusing hardware are ultimately imposed by software. Neither
consumers nor professional third-party services can overcome them,
often simply due to the obscurity of proprietary software licensing
models. Free Software licensing solves many of these issues and in
this way becomes crucial for an eco-friendly design and the
sustainability of hardware; this is the core message of an <a href="/activities/upcyclingandroid/openletter.html">Open Letter
published today by the Free Software Foundation Europe and co-signed by 37 European organisations and companies</a>.
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<p>
Among the initial signees are large repair unions as the European
Right to Repair Campaign, the Round Table Repair, and the Netzwerk
Reparatur Initiative - together representing hundreds of
initiatives and associations of the European repair sector.
Together with iFixit, Fairphone, Germanwatch, Open Source Business
Alliance, Wikimedie DE, Digitalcourage, European Digital Rights
Initiative, and more, they build an alliance of 38 organisations, that ask European
legislators for a more sustainable digital economy by giving users
the right to freely choose operating systems, software, and
services. The letter divides this right into four core demands:
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<h3 id="universal-right-to-install-any-software-on-any-device">Universal right to install any software on any device</h3>
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<div class="with-image-left small-img">
<img src="https://pics.fsfe.org/uploads/big/4bc66bc88db53000d4c61158a2c59ed8.png" alt="three gears in different colors and sizes integrate with each other, while one has the coding abbreviation on it" />
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Users must have the universal right to install and develop any
operating system and software they want on any device. Legal,
technical, or other obstacles to reusing these devices for any
purpose must not be allowed.
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<h3 id="free-choice-of-online-service-providers">Free choice of online service providers</h3>
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<img src="https://pics.fsfe.org/uploads/big/3a188e6f8005efc058a948f46f8055fe.png" alt="a phone-like device out of which come three arrows, one to the left, one to the right and one straight ahead" />
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<p>
Using certain hardware must not dictate which online services
to use. The obligation to connect online services via Open
Standards must empower users to choose services from diverse
manufacturers, including self-hosted services or those hosted
by any third party.
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<div class="color-box background rounded" data-color="android-blue">
<h3 id="interoperable-and-compatible-devices">Interoperable and compatible devices</h3>
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<div class="with-image-left small-img">
<img src="https://pics.fsfe.org/uploads/big/5d9d8a311d507cef799ce719b554094f.png" alt="four different geometrical figures are connected via bridges" />
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<p>
Using certain hardware must not dictate which other hardware to
buy in order to keep those devices connected. Manufacturers
must provide any data necessary to run a device in Open
Standards format, allowing interoperability of devices.
Artificial incompatibility of devices must not be allowed.
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<div class="color-box background rounded" data-color="android-blue">
<h3 id="publication-of-source-code-of-drivers-tools-and-interfaces">Publication of source code of drivers, tools, and interfaces</h3>
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<div class="with-image-left small-img">
<img src="https://pics.fsfe.org/uploads/big/2846e7dcfaca4da119444ed8563f9f78.png" alt="a phone like device looks like a lock that has been opened" />
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<p>
Manufacturers must enable users to repurpose, replace, or repair
any part of a device. This is only possible if users can access and
reuse the source code of all necessary drivers, tools, and
interfaces to run the device and its components. This means that
the source code of tools, drivers, and interfaces of every piece of
hardware within a device must be published under a Free Software
licence.
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<p>
The FSFE and 37 European organisations and companies stress the
above demands as necessary for sustainable use and reuse of our
hardware. Empowering users with the right to freely choose
operating systems, software, and services will allow them to use
and reuse their devices for a longer period.
</p>
<p>
The initial signatories of the open letter include civil society
organisations from the environmental, economic, and technological
sectors. Several companies support these demands as well, showing
that a more sustainable digital society and economic growth are not
contradictions. The list of these initial signees in alphabetical
order is:
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<ol>
<li>/e/ Foundation</li>
<li>Associação Nacional para o Software Livre (ANSOL)</li>
<li>European Open Source Business Association (APELL)</li>
<li>Back Market</li>
<li>Barcelona Free Software Group</li>
<li>Citizen D</li>
<li>Deutscher Naturschutzring</li>
<li>Digitalcourage</li>
<li>Digitale Gesellschaft CH</li>
<li>Document Foundation</li>
<li>Environmental Coalition on Standards</li>
<li>Epicenter.works</li>
<li>European Digital Rights (EDRi)</li>
<li>Elektronisk Forpost Norge</li>
<li>European Right to Repair Campaign (repair.eu)</li>
<li>Fairphone</li>
<li>Forum InformatikerInnen für Frieden und gesellschaftliche Verantwortung e.V. (FifF)</li>
<li>Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE)</li>
<li>Germanwatch</li>
<li>Greek Open Technologies Alliance (GFOSS)</li>
<li>Heinlein Support</li>
<li>iFixit</li>
<li>KDE</li>
<li>Mailbox.org</li>
<li>Mouvement Ecologique</li>
<li>Naturschutzbund Deutschland (NABU)</li>
<li>Netzwerk Reparatur Initiativen</li>
<li>Nextcloud</li>
<li>Nitrokey</li>
<li>Norwegian Unix User Group</li>
<li>Oekozenter Pafendall</li>
<li>Open Kowledge Foundation DE</li>
<li>OPNTEC</li>
<li>Open Source Business Alliance (OSBA)</li>
<li>Runder Tisch Reparatur</li>
<li>Shift</li>
<li>Vrijschrift</li>
<li>Wikimedia DE</li>
</ol>
<hr></hr>
<p>
Does your organisation or company support the users’ right to
freely choose operating systems, software and services? Please reach us with an email to contact [at] fsfe [dot] org to sign the open letter and join the alliance.
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