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PrawfsBlawg Proposes New Federal Consumer Law: All Instruction Manuals Shall Be Posted Online

InstructionmanualI'm not usually one to lobby for new laws, but given that there are already so many of them coming out of Congress each year, adding just one more proposed by the PrawfsBlawg yesterday can't really hurt, can it?

 PrawfsBlawg's Eric Johnson, like me and many others, I assume, is tired of having to file and save instruction manuals for consumer products, a practice that Johnson says "is absurdly out of date." He proposes the following new federal law to remedy this situation:

All commercial manufacturers of consumer products that are sold with instructions, manuals or other such documentation shall permanently label such products with a URL web address where consumers may download copies of the documentation. The Federal Trade Commission shall have the authority to promulgate regulations under this Act and to bring enforcement actions.

Such a law, Johnson says, would unclutter offices and homes; be an economic benefit in productivity gained and time saved for millions of consumers; save trees; and, for safety-based products like car seats, maybe even save lives.

You have my vote!

Posted by Bruce Carton on June 24, 2010 at 12:04 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)

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