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Massachusetts business organizations oppose “Right to Repair” legislation

Several Massachusetts technology and business organizations have joined forces in opposing proposed legislation that would restrict automakers’ IP rights.

Massachusetts’ so-called “Right to Repair” legislation has been met by major opposition from some of the states’ largest technology and business organizations, the Massachusetts Auto Coalition announced today. The opposing organizations, which include the Associated Industries of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Biotechnology Council, Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council and Massachusetts High Technology Council, argue that the bill would weaken intellectual property protections, forcing companies to release patented technology, copyrighted software and trade secrets.

If passed, the “Right to Repair” legislation would require companies to release trade secrets to any “motor vehicle owner” who requests access to them. Brad McDougall, associate VP for government affairs of Associated Industries of Massachusetts says the “Right to Repair” bill could have negative consequences for business statewide.

Kayleigh Roberts

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